John Key romps home as National dominate 2014 election night

The 2014 election is over, and John Key remains the Prime Minister of New Zealand for another three years.

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Labour suffered their second worst defeat in the parties history, and were absolutely spanked by National as the votes sat at National 48.1% and Labour a very low 24.7% by the end of the night.

Make no mistake about it, with all the mass surveillance and Dirty Politics controversies that were aimed to bring down the National Party during this campaign, John Key was voted into his third successive term as Prime Minister of New Zealand in the most convincing fashion in the recent history of politics.

There are two things that stand out after last night.

The first is that you cannot buy your way into politics. After so much talk in the public mainstream media and through Twitter, Kim Dotcom remained almost silent as the votes came in, and the internet billionaire lost more than his millions last night as the much talked about Internet Mana Party went down in a fireball before the night was even halfway over.

Dotcom apologised to Hone Harawira, but was clearly a broken man as he stormed out of the function at Internet Mana headquarters.

So much for the big “moment of truth event”, and that was the moment which many will believe handed the control back to National in the election race. Kim Dotcom bombed, he couldn’t offer any evidence to overthrow Key, and for such a hyped event, that too was a factor in last nights results for the Internet Mana Party.

The second thing that stood out was that the majority of the New Zealand public, as shown by the votes, clearly prefer John Key and the National Party as the way forward for this country.

Back in 2011, John Key and his National Party won by a comfortable margin, and nobody predicted that last nights election three years later would be as convincing a win for National as in 2011. But what transpired was actually a step up from 2011, and National absolutely romped home to gain a third successive term in a row.

Much debate will be had today and over the coming weeks surrounding the pre voting numbers, and the money that the National Party threw into their campaign versus Labour.

But the question needs to be asked, where did it all go wrong for Labour in election 2014?

The answer too many will be that the policies Labour and Cunliffe pushed were actually too risky on a financial level.

David Cunliffe, in the eyes of many and also in the eyes of this blog, is a brilliant leader. He did a fantastic job for Labour in the campaign, and up until a few days ago, was a real challenger to overthrow Key’s government and return Labour to the top of New Zealand politics.

If the votes are going to indicate anything, it is that the New Zealand public went to the booths yesterday thinking that the direction their country is going in is actually not to bad, while being not perfect, but less riskier than the well intended policies that the Labour Party were offering.

It was a fascinating election last night, which included the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party outvoting the Act Party.

There will be much debate still to be had, but the Labour Party are in total destruction this morning.

John Key is the preferred Prime Minister of New Zealand as voted by the ones who matter most, the people of New Zealand.

The result cannot be argued against, but the National Party do need to address the surveillance and Dirty Politics issues in their next term in some way.

Dirty Politics and Judith Collins saga won’t be enough to overthrow National led government

Judith Collins is gone, and finally National can try to get what has been a shambles of a campaign so far back on the right track.

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John Key was very open to the media this weekend, saying he is “firm but fair”, and the situation regarding former justice minister Judith Collins will hopefully now be behind Key and his National Party as the countdown to the 2014 general elections continues on. Key was also strong to say he wanted to focus on “real issues” that effect New Zealand when asked once again about the impact of Dirty Politics, a recently released book written by Nicky Hager. 

58% of people who voted on Fairfax Media’s Stuff website this morning believe the Collins resignation will hurt John Key’s campaign for a third term. 

It would be easy to look at this entire saga and simply say that there is no smoke without fire. 

This is what the Labour Party and David Cunliffe are relying on. They want people to believe that all in the National Party cannot be trusted. But despite Cunliffe’s impressive performance during the first leaders debate last week, he still has a big fight ahead of him yet if he hopes to become the next Prime Minister of New Zealand. 

Child poverty, foreign investment, lack of pay rate increases, and the all to talked about “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is a big issue that National must do better at addressing if they reign supreme after the election once again.

National clearly takes the viewpoint that the New Zealand economy cannot grow without investment, and can that really be denied? 

Despite the intentions of David Cunliffe, it isn’t hard to be a little nervous about his credible campaign. 

It is all well and good to say that under a Labour led government foreign investment will not be allowed, it is all well and good to say in your election campaign that you will make it possible for kiwis to buy their own homes, it all sounds so nice and so convincing. But John Key is right, with the state of the economy (remembering the economy is still suffering from the recession), Labour will be putting a focus on kiwis renting their houses for years, and how could Labour refuse all foreign investment, again given the state of the economy. 

Wether you are a Labour person or a National person, most New Zealanders simply want a government that will reward hard work with decent pay, keep children out of poverty, and be firm but fair. The economy isn’t strong enough to sustain the amount young kiwi mothers coming out of school pregnant and without a job, it isn’t strong enough to give every single person earning an income a tax decrease, and it certainly isn’t strong enough to go without some sort of foreign investment. 

Key’s answer of “I hope so” when asked if kiwis would receive a tax cut next year is exactly correct. He can’t definitively know either way. The NZ economy doesn’t just start and finish with the amount of dollars you end up with (or don’t end up with) in your bank at the end of each fortnight. 

But no matter how positive Key and his National party are, no matter how hard they downplay the bad media. 

There is absolutely no denying that the Dirty Politics and Judith Collins saga has seriously hurt their campaign, and it will continue to make the average New Zealander question the ethics of this “more than meets the eye” current state of the National Party. 

Reaction: Cunliffe impressive in first Leaders Debate

The first leaders debate of 2014’s New Zealand Election is over, and no doubt the opinion of the nation will differ greatly as both John Key and David Cunliffe put in strong performances.

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For the most part, Cunliffe’s answers were to the point and didn’t have the rambling beat around the bush statements that Key’s did on occasion. But the logic to the current Prime Ministers answers were powerful. John Key made his answers, particularly surrounding foreign investment, simple and logical for anybody to understand, and he will have many thinking that the National leader won tonights debate. 

John Key believes that the NZ Economy cannot grow without foreign capital investment. Can we really deny that? 

David Cunliffe believes that not sacking justice minister Judith Collins in the wake of Dirty Politics shows willful blindness from John Key. Can that be denied? 

Those two talking points were impacting, and credited and discredited both party leaders in tonights debate.

Key claiming that foreign investment will grow the NZ economy is logical, but Cunliffe has a point when he says that Judith Collins should have been sacked well before now, and was strong to bang home the point that had this Dirty Politics drama occurred under his Labour led government, Collins would have been gone. 

When asked if New Zealanders would receive a tax cut under National should John Key remain Prime Minister, the answer from our leader was “I hope so”. 

Such a weak answer to a simple question, and it reflected in a performance for Key that seemed quite rattled. However, given the state of the economy, you can’t entirely blame Key for not having enough numbers and statistics to give a definitive answer regarding tax. 

The NZ Prime Minister was quick to play down talk that political firestorm Dirty Politics, a recently released book written by Nicky Hager, has had any major impact on Nationals campaign. 

Currently, Stuff from Fairfax Media have kiwis voting for John Key over David Cunliffe as their preferred leader following tonights debate. However, the NZ Herald from APN have David Cunliffe as the majority winner in the votes.

Cunliffe put in a great performance tonight and as the voting continues, so do his numbers. 

In closing, both John Key and David Cunliffe both did their homework for tonight, and taking the day off instead of spending the day campaigning may have helped Cunliffe to be more composed.

But nobody can deny, despite the poor results in the polling, tonight may indeed be a turning point for David Cunliffe and the Labour party as their leader was calm and composed throughout, as apposed to the longer and more confusing answers that John Key brought to the table minus his logic surrounding foreign investment.