I think our upcoming election needs its own thread. November 8 is the big day, not much more than a month away. Of course, that's also 1000 Guineas day which in my opinion is far more interesting. But I suppose the election is more important.
Here are my thoughts on the parties.
Labour: To start on a far from objective note, I'll say that I believe Clark is one of the best Prime Ministers we've ever had. However, as all long-term incumbent governments inevitably do, they have become complacent and have lost touch with the voters. Remember when they were doing things that made a lot of us proud - Iraq, the Tampa refugees? Distant memories now. They've started to consider holding on to power more important than the values and ideology that saw them elected in the first place.
I think they need to lose this election for the good of the party in the long term. The 1999 generation need to move on, it's time for some new blood on the front bench.
National: It's their election to lose, and they're doing a damn fine job of it. If they were getting their advice from Election Campaigns For Dummies they'd be making fewer ****ups. Leaked policy, conveniently forgotten 70,000 shares in a company you've criticised the government about their dealings with, Bill English thinking no one would hear him when confiding information at a ****ing public function. Impressive stuff. I still think they'll win, but I'm far from impressed.
NZ First: They're ****ed. Don't see them getting to 5%, or Winnie winning Tauranga. Even if he starts targeting another racial minority of choice.
Greens: Have to admit, I voted for them last time. I was worried about a Labour-NZ First-United government, so I wanted the Greens to be involved to keep them on the left. Worked out brilliantly, as you know. Won't be voting for them this time - still agree with a lot of their ideas, but their priorities bother me. They'll get 5% though.
ACT: Rodney will win Epsom, and hopefully they'll not get enough of the party vote for any of his insane friends to join him (no offence ACT supporters).
United: The fluffy-haired one will win his seat again, and hopefully they'll not get enough of the party vote for the fundies to join him (again, no offence).
Maori Party: Giving them your party vote is a waste of time. They'll win more electorate seats than their share of the party vote will allow them, leading to an overhang situation.
Jim Anderton: All by myself...
Taito Philip Field: Gone-skis.
Gordon Copeland: As above. Disappointing, he was a legend. Dropping out of his party to become an independent because he disagreed so strongly over an issue - an issue he then forgot to turn up to the vote for. Kudos.
The Bill and Ben Party: Can actually see them picking up quite a few votes. Perhaps from disillusioned Labour voters who are currently posting on CW in a computer lab at university...
Sorry, what? No one asked me what I thought? Oh. Apologies.
So what does everyone else think?