Mike's Minute: The 2020 campaign is another for the history books

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 16 Oct 2020, 10:10AM

Mike's Minute: The 2020 campaign is another for the history books

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 16 Oct 2020, 10:10AM

So the campaign of 2020 is all but done.

I find it hard to believe there are many left who don’t know who they're voting for. The hope is that the early voting means more people ultimately will take part, I hope so. Democracy is never to be taken for granted, even though we do.

I think it worked out okay in the end. The extension to tomorrow was the only possible option given Auckland's second lockdown. That made the whole thing seem long, which it was.

We got plenty of policy in the end. But the question for this specific vote is how much is about policy? And how much is it about a closed border and feeling you can generally go about your business without too much fear?

As a result of the uniqueness of this election the minor players never got a look in. I mean the really minor players; they got no attention and they will get next to no vote. That's what a pandemic does for you. It's a voter flight to what they know, this is no time to test or experiment.

Which is why Labour has led. It was their lockdown, their plan, such as it is, and that’s what they will be judged on.

National could only try to paint a picture of what might have been. They managed to paint a pretty good picture, and a genuine alternative. If policy does count, they win the prize for putting good solid amounts of it out that show, whether you agree or not, there are genuinely other ways to run the country.

The Greens and New Zealand First in different ways are paying the price of MMP. Being a small party in government is a kiss of death. NZ First has almost certainly been smacked on the lips, and the Greens are somewhere between puckering up and the full pash.

Winston Peters made an era in not promoting the gains in government. He focused on all the stuff he stopped. But negativity isn't appealing and isn't a vote collector. And to be honest his record is so old and scratched, only the truly senile still want to play it one more time.  

The Greens have been the Greens. Hopelessly idealistic, and phenomenally mixed messaged. Trying to appeal to people who love national parks and communists has always  been the problem, and that’s prevented them from reaching their true potential. That's before you get to their lack of backbone around policy, a top priority is an invite to get trampled on.

ACT are your real stars. Led by David Seymour who appears to have done literally nothing wrong. He's got ACT from 1 percent to who knows, maybe 7 or 8 percent? One MP to, who knows, maybe 9 or 11? And all the while it's come with pithy one liners, awesome bum outs, and a light of foot attitude that people love.

Labour have run the only campaign they could. Selfies with Jacinda Ardern, a huge chequebook of borrowed money, and the hope that the fear lasts until 7 o'clock tomorrow.

But for now, this has been your campaign.   

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