It's beautiful this morning. But that's everything to do with the weather, and nothing to do with politics. Or the election.
Yesterday' election finished up as a ringing endorsement of no-one.
Labour got 150000 votes fewer than last time.
National got 100000 fewer, with the votes of around one-third of the country's eligible voters.
Don Brash won no more votes as leader than Rodney Hide had been on track to make
Hone won his seat, with his dream-team of celebrity whingers in tow, but only 7000 voters in total rated him in his own electorate, and the rest of the country told the whingers to go to hell.
So the winners were really those folk who stayed home yesterday and didn't vote. Around one million of you.
And the Greens.
And MMP, without which neither of these entities would have a political future.
And John Banks. National's 63rd MP.
Banks's survival as Act's single solitary MP might at least relieve AT's congential caucus infighting, but it will kill the ACT project stone dead--kill it far more effectively than if the Party had missed out altogeher on an MP, because with Banks as their lone voice no-one in the party, least of all the keen, energetic knowledgable youngsters who are its core , will be able to preyend any longer they are a "classical liberal."
Banks is not a classical liberal, or any kind of liberal. If the future for ACT is Banks and only Banks, then ACT has no future.
Time perhaps for freedom lovers of all persuasions to combine together to form a real freedom party ready for 2014--a Party of All Talents that combines the talents and abilities of freedom lovers from acros the board.
Because in three years time, after Global Ginancial Collapse II, this country is going to be desperate for the answers only a real freedom coalition can offer.
Let's start talking now.
And what about the future for National under MMP?
Well, that future was so clear it makes you wonder about the supposed political acumen of Mr Key and his strategists. This election sees his party at a historic high water mark of support, yet under MMP it is still struggling to pull together a government. And when National's high tide goes out, as it inevitably will, under MMP it might struggle to form a government ever again.
Yet John Key did not bother to spend even a cent of his enormous political capital to campaign against MMP.
So this election's winners are few indeed.
And they don't include Phil Goff. Or the people of Christchurch, who in a sign they might have developed Stockholm Syndrome, voted to keep and even add to their National MPs.
So perhaps they, and and the rest of the country, deserve what they're going to continue to get: More of the same, with knobs on.