Thursday, September 15, 2005

Every Vote Counts

This will be my last post before Election Day, and if if can communicate just one thing, I hope it is that every vote counts on Saturday.

It is absolutely clear that this is the tightest election race in a generation, and that the choices are very stark.

On Saturday New Zealanders can choose the short-term silver bullet of tax cuts, or we can choose to invest in our shared future.

Over the past six years we have worked hard to build a strong economy that serves all New Zealanders, not just the wealthy few. We have strong growth, low unemployment, decreasing child poverty, and we have implemented a range of positive measures such as the re-establishment of apprenticeships that put us in a good position to prosper in the future.

We have also developed into a proud, confident nation. I have never been so proud to be a Kiwi or a member of the NZ Labour Party as I was when the US & UK illegally and immorally invaded Iraq, and we stood firm on our principles and refused to participate.

This Labour government has not been perfect, but I genuinely believe that we have honoured the commitments we made in 1999 and 2002, and that we have a positive plan for the future. Policies such as interest-free student loans, more modern apprentices, smaller class sizes for 5 year olds, and the expanded rates rebate scheme represent a comprehensive programme to invest in our future, and to share the benefits of our national wealth.

On the local front I have enjoyed the Pakuranga campaign immensely. I can honestly say that I have never worked so hard in my life. We have done everything that we could have to connect with the voters of the electorate, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many local residents face to face.

For the assistance and support offered by my wonderful campaign team of Patrick, Angela, Jeff, and John, I am incredibely grateful. For my wife's forbearance, patience, and support over the past 9 months of campaigning I am also indebted.

On Saturday I simply ask that Pakuranga voters think carefully about the sort of country we want to build, and look closely at the policies on offer. Any local residents who may find it difficult to reach a polling booth on the day are welcome to contact me for assistance.

Best of luck everyone. See you on the other side!

14 comments:

Cheezy said...

Hear hear, Michael. The best of luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Is that a wave of high voter turnout set to roll Labour in?

I suspect so.

Swing low, sweet chariot....

CutFoldGlue said...

Good luck!

antihippy said...

I'm not surprised you've never worked so hard given that you're a union rep...

Ryan said...

I think your campaign signs said it all, "Dont put it all at risk. Labour Wood (sic)".

Insolent Prick said...

Michael,

I hope that you get an epiphany on Saturday night; that you realise that the Labour Party are a bunch of losers, and that your union life to date has been a total waste.

I believe that your motives are honest. Your ideas are just fucked in the head. So the best thing that can happen to you is to get totally annihilated at the polls, and that you realise that the people just simply do not like stupid pinko liberals, and that you see the light.

span said...

my word, what a happy bunch of campers you last three are.

well whatever happens i hope that we can all live with the result and that the end of the campaign also sees an end to the unnecessary nastiness of many commenters - good luck to you all!

Too Right said...

Michael, personally I wish you luck and safe travelling. Well done on fighting the good fight. As for the result I hope you and your party are demolished - it is only then Labour and you will realise that campaigning on issues that died last century is a loser. Socialism has been unsuccessful the world over. The rout tomorrow will start the clean out of those socialists still hankering after a protest march against the US in Viet Nam. They will not get real - long time in wilderness coming. NZ's golden days are ahead.

The liars and cheats you have been forced to salute have their last night in power.

You should read my post on the Greens being linked to the Baader Meinhof gang - it is true. The link goes further back to the Munich Putsch. Early greens were nazis and wrote the four pillars that is the green agenda - still in place today. You are getting contaminated with the same DNA. It will link you forever to the place and crime. Not a good look. NZ's best hope is blue/green. Young guys like you need to make the choice. Socialism and collectivism is a loser

spooks said...

Thanks Michael for the forum and the exchange of, (what shall I call it?) banter. It IS fun.

I have been really saddened though, by the Labour need to get re-elected at the expense of honesty, especially in your flagship, graduate loans, and the need to deprive us of our own Treasury's figures. If for no other reason, I sincerely hope that justice prevails, and you pay for the dishonesty. So for the sake of honesty and political integrity, more than anything else, I hope the polls are all wrong, and I hope intelligence overcomes, and that National romps in.

That said, thanks again, and best wishes.

Cheezy said...

Has everyone read Too Right's report about how the NZ Green Party is actually Baader Meinhof in disguise?... and how their hidden agenda is to ferment worldwide Bolshevism?

While you're surfing around, you might wanna come over to my blog for the real story of how Robbie Williams is actually the bastard offspring of Buddy Holly and Eva Braun, how sleep gives you cancer, and how Lord Lucan killed Kurt Cobain by poking him in the buttocks with an arsenic-tipped umbrella...

Kiwi (temporarily) in Australia said...

Hi Michael,

Best of luck tomorrow. Go Labour!

Anonymous said...

Gosh, the right wingers are quiet....

Gazza said...

National have doubled their party vote, the centre right has increased.

Labour lied and cheated and hid the worst of its excesses from the public, the left-wing media have done a sterling job for Labour & co, but the right still made significant gains. The fat lady hasn't sung yet!

CutFoldGlue said...

The campaign is over, so I think we can tone down the rhetoric a bit now.

However - looking at the numbers it is possible/probably that National will lose a seat to Greens on the specials (if past trends are followed) and then Labour may loose a seat to Progressives. Neither scenario changes things much though.