I’m Going Down by Bruce Springsteen
I have some personal history with Prime Minister Hipkins. At primary school he made me read the first page of Roald Dahl’s The Twits out loud to him before I was allowed to issue it from the school library. He was just a primary school student like me – I guess bureaucracy starts early.
Big Time by Peter Gabriel
The plummeting of Labour means that the centre-right party National is likely to take the power. While I’m not surprised that people are veering away from Hipkins, Luxon hardly seems appealing either. He feels like a return to the 1980s neo-liberal policies that ravaged New Zealand in the 1980s – hence the choice of Gabriel’s 1980s yuppie mocking anthem ‘Big Time’.
Democracy NZ, Freedoms New Zealand, Leighton Baker Party, New Conservative, New Nation Party, New Zealand Loyal, NZ Outdoors & Freedom Party, Vision NZ
Subdivisions by Rush
They clearly have unrealistic expectations – according to Wikipedia “Brian Tamaki stated in May 2023 that he believed the party could get 20% of the vote in that year’s general election. As of August 2023, 1News Verian polls indicated that total support for Freedoms NZ and its component parties to sat between 0% and 0.8%.”
Controversy by Prince
ACT aren’t quite as provocative as the right-wing fringe parties – leader David Seymour is a libertarian, but too deft of a politician to ostracise the mainstream by embracing fringe candidates. Yet he’s had to oust a bunch of candidates based on their controversial opinions – recently Elaine Naidu Franz compared COVID vaccine protocols to Nazi concentration camps.
The Green Party
Elizabeth My Dear by The Stone Roses
This Stone Roses song doesn’t quite fit – Elizabeth Kerekere managed to shoot herself in the foot without anyone else pulling the trigger. But nonetheless, it was curtains for you, Elizabeth my dear.
It’s looking like we may have only four or five parties in parliament this year – Labour, National, ACT, and the Greens are certain to be represented, while Te Pāti Māori are likely to win some Māori seats.