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Old 11-02-2018, 04:37 AM
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I'm not from NZ (or Australia) so that could play into why I do not understand how the 2017 NZ election turned out the way it did. I'm however very interested in the anglosphere and would really appreciate if someone could explain it to me. As I see it, Bill English and the National Party got the most votes but still lost due to Labour joining forces with conservative (?) NZ First. For someone looking at it from the outside like myself is seems very peculiar that those two would come together. How could that happen and what are your predictions for next NZ election?
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Old 11-02-2018, 12:19 PM
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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NZ First aren't wholly conservative, particularly in regards to economic policy.

NZ First are the hardest party to predict, when it come to forming coalitions, but I feel that most voters anticipated Labour as the likely partner before the elections.

Hard to say what the next election outcome will be at this stage - the present government has to do some housekeeping that has been somewhat neglected over the last few years, which could affect them at the polls.

I'm predicting a similar result to last time, with a close margin to a lLabour/Greens/NZ first coalition,
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Old Today, 02:38 AM
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Some very odd coalitions have been formed in other countries. It is the politics of convenience and little more. Such events are more likely, but hardly confined to representative voting nations, but First Past the Post known as well. Recent Liberal/Tory coalition in UK being an example.
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