It would be completely unlivable. Seriously, it feels like 90% of people out there support a party – and determine whether a policy is “good” or “bad” solely on the basis that it is their party doing it. Is this election really any different to watching your local sports derby?
I mean, for the love of god partial asset sales appear to be the main theme coming into this election – one of the most incredibly marginal and unimportant issues I have ever laid eyes on. With no impact on competition (because it is minority stakes), and with little impact on the final cost of servicing spending either way (given that the lost dividends are only slightly lower than the expected interest payments on borrowing) this is a virtual non-issue. And yet, every single person I talk too cares STRONGLY one way or the other – for no reason that they can actually articulate.
Do people not think that “tribal politics” is inherently stupid – we should be debating what trade-offs we are willing to make as a society, and what we really feel is fair. Not trying to make it so “our boys” are in so we have “won” …
New Zealand, I am disappoint.