Morgan and the Macron miracle

The UK vote for Brexit surprised, the election of Donald trump in the US shocked, and then Emmanuel Macron came from virtually nowhere to win the French presidency.

Then Theresa May destroyed a significant advantage to end a disastrous campaign still ahead of the rapidly improving left wing maverick Jeremy Corbyn but severely weakened, both in government and as Prime Minister.

Now France is voting for their Parliament, and exit polls suggest that Macron’s party En Marche will win a majority. Not bad for a party that didn’t exist at the start of last year.

So around the world voters are make decisions that seem to stick it to traditional politics and the status quo.

Could it happen in New Zealand?

Winston Peters and NZ First are often promoted as the king maker, with the baubles of power virtually a formality. But Peters is very old hat and has been there, done that before.

Will voters look for something different?

Barry Soper writes:  In politics anything is possible

Think about it, Prime Minister Gareth Morgan, leading a majority government with half of his MPs never having been elected to office before.

Sounds absurd? Yes well it’s highly unlikely to happen but these days in politics anything is possible as we’re seeing in France at the moment which has to be the political story to beat them all.

The 47 million French voters are again today going to the polls and are expected to give their new 39-year-old President Emmanuel Macron a healthy majority. It’s spectacular because Macron’s party was only founded by him in April last year.

After he won the Presidency last month he was on his own, he didn’t have one MP in the French Assembly. Since then he’s had to cobble together 577 candidates to stand for his party and after the first round of voting they led in 400 constituencies, more than half of them women.

And it looks like En Marche has succeeded.

Let Macron’s success be a warning to those established political parties who think elections are a walk in the park. The Socialists who ran the last French Government failed to scrape together even ten percent of the vote.

Here in New Zealand National obviously have the most to lose, but voters here have shown a reluctance to take big risks. They have preferred a stable government but without absolute power.

NZ First are in the box seat to hold the balance of power, but it’s possible a real alternative is considered.

The 5% threshold is a long shot for a new party, something that hasn’t been achieved before here.

The newly formed Conservative Party got a 2.65% in 2011, and increased to 3.97% in 2014, creditable but not enough. They are out of contention now after the political collapse of Colin Craig.

The only option looks to be TOP. Morgan doesn’t look like getting his party close at this stage, but there is three months to go.

Recent overseas elections have shown that anything is possible, even the unexpected, but a major surprise looks unlikely here.




  1. David

     /  June 19, 2017

    National do need to be careful and the media will as usual be waiting to jump on and over play whatever will be the “thing” this time around. English could have a disaster on the campaign trail then we have the country run by the unions with back support from the loopy loops in the Greens. Be interesting if nothing else and be good for some of these young idealists to live under socialists for a while.

  2. Blazer

     /  June 19, 2017

    National will have a big policy to announce before the election…I expect.

  3. PDB

     /  June 19, 2017

    PG: “And it looks like En Marche has succeeded.”

    Cobbling together so many candidates out of thin air in such a short time can only mean long term political disaster. The only way for Macron is down from here.

    Morgan is a political charlatan like Peters but without the charisma needed to turn that into votes.

    • Blazer

       /  June 19, 2017

      Morgan is wealthy,Morgan does not need to do this=Morgan is sincere.Most politicians see their tenure as a career,self serving …and aim for at least 9 years in Parliament.Key the ultimate example of a packaged politician,groomed,rehearsed and sold as…authentic.

      • PDB

         /  June 19, 2017

        Blazer: “Morgan is sincere” – how gullible of you Blazer. Ironic that John Key ‘didn’t need to go into politics either’ because he was ‘wealthy’ but you label him insincere.

        I love the smell of hypocrisy emanating from you in the morning!

        • Blazer

           /  June 19, 2017

          Key made his money as a gambler. Morgan actually helped launch. .something useful to. ..society. All about the CV…for Key.

          • PDB

             /  June 19, 2017

            Gareth Morgan ‘took a gamble’ by investing money into his son’s fledging business (note Gareth Morgan didn’t ‘launch’ anything, Trademe was already up and running before he invested)……..all that spinning must be doing your head in.

            • Blazer

               /  June 19, 2017

              ‘helped’ launch…provided funding….comprenez…startups are always a gamble.Wall St banking is heads we win…tails you lose.

  4. PDB

     /  June 19, 2017

    We have Winnyoil……………. can we now expect

  5. unitedtribes2

     /  June 19, 2017

    Thats it I’m off to work

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