Was anybody else reminded of Bob the Builder during Obama's victory speech....
don't get me wrong, I am so happy he won and his victory speech brought tears to my eyes but afterwards Bob the Builder popped into my head!! Many Americans in NZ have since reported that they now feel proud and no longer have to pretend to be Canadian (it would seem Sarah Silverman was close to the bone in her humour).
Well today was Election day in New Zealand. Shorty and I voted and received special stickers to say we had voted (Shorty blogged hers, mine was destroyed as I loaded rubbish and green waste from my mums cottage onto a skip). I was tempted to vote for the McGilligudy Serious Party or the Bill and Ben Party but I didn't. I have a sinking feeling that in the week America finally votes left NZ will be voting right. sigh So I made sure my vote counted.
The Bill and Ben Party are not the same as Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men
Their main policy is to get 1% of the vote so they can get the $1000 back that it costs to register a political party. Personally I hope they get it. I have blogged these guys before, anybody remember my pulp sports video:
I guess it's a luxury to have parties like McGilligudy Serious or Bill and Ben here, as our politics are so stable one can poke fun at them and it doesn't matter. In NZ if you vote left or right both our main parties (Labour = left (red), National = right (blue) are fairly central anyhu.
NOTE we have MMP (Mixed-member proportional wheresome MPs (members of Parliament) are elected from local constituencies and others are elected from party lists. The number of MPs that a political party has in the House reflects the proportion of the votes that the party gained nationally in the election). This allows scope for smaller parties to enter Parliament, for example, the Green Party.
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