Thursday, 19 October 2017

Labour wins gov in New Zealand election :)

Jacinta Ardern (centre) is New Zealand's next prime minister
The winds of change are blowing down under folks. In a major shift to the left the NZ Labour party has won gov in a coalition with the NZ First party. Winston Peters of the NZ First party who was left with the decision of who to back to form gov gave the following reasons why he backed Labour:
New Zealand kingmaker Winston Peters has decided the country's next prime minister will be Labour's Jacinda Ardern. 

After more than three weeks of waiting, the New Zealand First leader announced his decision on Thursday. 

Mr Winston said what swayed his decision was hearing from voters that the current leadership was "simply out of touch" with New Zealanders. 

 "We believe that capitalism must regain its human face. That perception has deeply influenced New Zealand First's negotiations," the New Zealand First leader said. 

"We had a choice to make with either National or Labour for a modified status quo or for change. 

"In our negotiations, both National and Labour were presented with that opportunity, working together, corroborating together for New Zealand. 

 "That's why in the end we chose a coalition government of New Zealand First and New Zealand Labour Party." SBS
I really liked the bit about capitalism needing to have a "human face" and that the conservative National party was just out of touch with people. I would estimate this result will be very worrying for the Abbott/Turnbull gov here in Australia.