And not just the weather. Once again, NZ has bucked international trends, and just when Australia finally got rid of Howard and voted in Labour, and America finally got rid of Bush and voted in a Democrat president, after 9 years of Labour we’ve swung back to the right. National + ACT = the most right wing government I can remember for this country. The rich and powerful must be dancing for joy this morning. Pity about the rest of us 🙁
Oh, and Helen Clark has resigned. I know a lot of people didn’t like her (and there’s been times I haven’t been particularly impressed either), but she was definitely the sanest Prime Minister we’ve had. She’ll be missed.
The only slight glimmer of light is that at least the Greens picked up a couple of extra seats. Which means that maybe people weren’t so much voting against the left in this swing to National, as just feeling that 12 years would be too long for any one party to hold power, and that someone else should get a go.
Lets hope the new bunch don’t do too much damage in the next three years…