New Zealand or rather New Zealanders who bothered to vote in the last election voted over 60% for right wing parties.
Among the many reasons like popularity of the incumbent PM, better resources, strategy, polling, spin of the ruling party, media bias, detractions etc two main reasons really stand out.
1. As so often the “Left” was divided and fighting each other over policies within the main opposition party and between the parties, which wanted to change the government. The “Right” on the other hand did not let policies get into the way to keep the eye on the ball, which is power. They had helped each other into safe seats and had the post-election deals already nicely sawn up.
2. The children of Ronald Reagan, Margret Thatcher and Roger Douglas are now coming home to vote. Everyone under 50 lived through his formative years under the neo-liberal / conservative ideology, which has become the new orthodoxy. Traditional values like support for or even empathy with the poor, co-operation for the common good, solidarity with your fellow men have been replaced by everybody for himself and “greed is good”.
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