Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party has won by a landslide. Having a clear majority is very rare under the MMP system but what is fascinating is what can be achieved with a principled leader who communicates sincerely and well.
This may be seen as an unsurprising result given her high international profile but domestically it wasn’t a done deal. Like the UK, New Zealand’s default setting is centre right. There was a possibility that the two main opposition parties could have won as a coalition. As it now stands, Labour can operate alone but they are likely to bring in the Green Party and the Māori Party, even though they don’t have to.
Why should anyone care? Well…this is a major swing to the left which I sense has been propelled by more engaged young people. Local children gathered outside her house and, honestly, this wasn’t stage managed.
To those who are dispirited about politics, good stuff can happen. All that is needed is for a party to find their Jacinda – and they all have at least one. Someone who doesn’t wing it – who can get their head around detail and keeps a sense of humour. They come across as sincere because they are.