Ahhh shit, I’m really worried about the election in September. I really don’t want to see the further damage to this country that a 4th-term National government will do. I will always vote Green no matter what, but that will always mean a Labour government, which is what I want since it’s the best we can hope for - but they had a record low in the polls, the leader has just stepped down and been replaced by a 37 year old woman who is immensely popular and who I like a lot, but who has also never been in parliament (since we’ve had a National government since 2008) and has straight up said that she doesn’t want to be prime minister, even though she tweeted about being honoured to have been chosen as leader. It worries me, because I imagine the fact that she’s young, a woman, inexperienced compared to the current prime minister (who, by the way, is a conservative catholic who is opposed to reproductive rights, drug reform, and voted against the marriage equality bill iirc), and is reluctant to be leader, no matter what she says now - I’m worried that this will drive a lot of the swing voters and/or misogynists over to National. As much as I like Jacinda and would be happy to have her as prime minister, I kind of wish they had elected Grant Robertson - yes, another white male, but also a gay man (although that could push the homophobic swing voters over to National but I would hope that wouldn’t be many), with experience, and who is also pretty well-liked. Anyway, my point is that I really fucking hope that Jacinda and the rest of the Labour Party will get their shit together, maybe do something dramatic that will draw voters from National just as the Greens did (unfortunately at the expense of Labour), and win this fucking election. Because I loathe Bill English and I am terrified about what another three years of National will do - people will literally die, with our extremely high suicide rates and our high rates of children living in poverty, and the ever-growing gap between the rich and the poor. I’m not saying Labour is the answer, because as a centre-left party they’re not hugely different from National, but they’re at least a bit more progressive, and a Labour government means Greens in parliament, which is what we truly need imo.
ANYWAY sorry about this rant, it probably won’t mean anything to those of you who don’t live in New Zealand - but I’m worried and I needed to get it all out, and I don’t want to say anything on Facebook because I sure as fuck do not want to get into another argument with my fucking National-voting relatives