Questions to ponder [updated]
Since Phil Goff is from the "right wing" of the Labour Party, and on most things John Boy is somewhat to the left of Helen Clark, then if Phil Goff is elected Labour leader today will that make Labour the "right-wing" party?
How long before people who voted for "change" realise that "what she said" still goes?
Matthew Hooton's been arguing that the measure of Helen's success is that she changed the National Party just as Margaret Thatcher reshaped the British Labour Party. But is that really a measure of Helen's success, or is it more a reflection of her erstwhile opponent's lack of spine?
So in a National/ACT/Maori Party coalition/arrangement/agreement, who do you think will be swallowing the dead rats?
Do you think all those people insisting that people be "gracious" about Helen and Michael's retirement be anything like gracious about the retirement of George W. Bush?
UPDATE 1: Labour and Green supporters are wandering the streets looking lost:
Some voters distraught by election night results resorted to calling police, with one man ringing a counselling hotline and then 111.
Spooked beneficiaries also rang a Government family helpline because they were "stressed" their payments would change.
I assume counsellors simply told them that they have been twice-deluded, and reassured them that they will see no change under John Boy. Unfortunately.
UPDATE 2: More on those lost lefties wandering the streets and ringingt counsellors for help: What excatly DID leftwing campaigners tell some people? asks Liberty Scott. "Sorry folks," says Madeleine Flannagan, "it's when the word Libertarianz replaces National that you might be worried, but by then the culture would have to have changed so radically that you wouldn't be scared anymore."