Sensible shift of election to 17 October

Jacinda Ardern has just announced that the election date will be moved 4 weeks to 17 October. This is a sensible decision. Ardern said she discussed it with all other party leaders before making the decision.

Obviously Covid could continue to be a problem for several weeks, but there is a fall back plan with the election reasonably easily moved further to November.

The election shouldn’t be deferred indefinitely, they have to plan for an election and addresses Covid issues should the arise.

Ardern could make the decision on her own but has stressed a non-partisan consensus was preferred and she gave ‘equal weight’ to the opinions of the other party leaders.

She said she advised one party, NZ First, of her decision as they are Labour’s coalition partner.

Ardern’s speech announcing her decision was carefully and competently crafted and well delivered. She is good at fronting this sort of thing.

Significant issues are the employment of electoral staff, and candidates who have taken leave to conduct their campaigns.

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14 Comments

  1. whalerider3000

     /  17th August 2020

    Yep. As I commented downstream, its a sensible, measured response.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  17th August 2020

      Can’t see it. It leaves the campaign limping with no certainty of a conclusion. Just like the Covid problems.

      Reply
  2. John J Harrison

     /  17th August 2020

    This is great news.
    Now those that vote early will have plenty of time to take account of the economic damage done by our PM and her I’ll- advised move to go to level 4 for a month.
    This was done against the recommendation of the MOH who recommended level 2 for a month.
    The financials due out on 17/09 will sink this government.

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    • Blazer

       /  17th August 2020

      ‘The financials due out on 17/09 will sink this government.’-que?

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      • Duker

         /  17th August 2020

        The Treasurys pre election fiscal update or Prefu

        The subsidies and lockdowns including the current one were supported by the opposition parties, so how can they benefit from the numbers for the current year.?
        Indeed historian and PR specialist Goldsmith will have to come up with Nationals numbers for the next year…put up or shut up its called. if they want big cuts in expenditure, all in good if they have the nerve, but wont as their polling position is weak.

        The questions are for the future years , national is dreaming of an $80 bill – ‘give or take- less borrowing , as if by magic the economic growth leaps ahead of 3% p.a. their only experience of that previously was by juicing up the economy with virtually open borders migration.

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        • John J Harrison

           /  17th August 2020

          Duker, the figures out 17/09 are not Prefu.
          They are for the June quarter – and they will be bad, very bad.
          Prefu comes out a month before the election.

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          • Duker

             /  17th August 2020

            “The Treasury’s Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2020 (PREFU) will be published on Thursday 20 August…..[ but election has moved, but may not change .]
            Not sure what else you mean as the economic updates are half yearly and next one not till December (HYEFU)
            The only other one is the unemployment which is done quarterly, 5 Aug was last and next wont be till Nov
            The 5 Aug rate was ‘down’ not up .

            You have just invented a dire economic forecast…par for the course

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            • John J Harrison

               /  17th August 2020

              Duker, wrong – again.
              Wait until 17/09 then you will owe me a bottle of Coloraine !

    • duperez

       /  17th August 2020

      Apropos the earlier election date thread and your post:

      Say slowly after me,

      “T h a n k y o u M s A r d e r n, a n d w e l l d o n e f o r
      y o u r h a r d – h e a d e d d e c i s i o n m a k i n g.”

      There, that wasn’t so hard was it? 🙂

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      • That looks like an eye test chart.

        Are we meant to read it one letter at a time ?

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        • Blazer

           /  17th August 2020

          easy for the…one-eyed.

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        • duperez

           /  17th August 2020

          The spacings did not look like that when I pushed the button. The letters and words gathered together somewhere in the process.

          The point was about John J Harrison’s call this morning for hard-headed decision making and my comment that if there was that displayed today he’d be on here acknowledging it. I thought it might be nice for it to be read slowly and deliberately since he did not acknowledge the decision but instead threw some more metaphorical toys out the cot. Pissed off if Ardern didn’t make a decision, pissed off because she did.

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