This was going to be a great big post setting down who I was going to vote for this weekend and why. But on Monday I fell ill during a lecture severe abdominal pains and took myself off to Dunedin Hospital, where I spent the next twenty-four hours. Pretty much the same thing happened to me about six years ago, only I didnt have this job then and was in the middle of a life-modelling session for some local artists. And Ill tell you, after six more years of tax cuts and government neglect, New Zealands health system is showing quite a bit of strain. I dont blame the nurses and doctors for putting me off until theyd looked after other people. I blame the system that cut funding for health professionals to be paid and placed and allowed to rest appropriately. I blame the political ideology and the economic orthodoxy that hold that this is all for the good if it means more money in the pockets of the rich.
So who am I voting for? The Labour Party is the furthest left right now that its been in my lifetime, and theyre promising free tertiary education, which gladdens my heart as one whose political awakening began in 1996 with the chant What do we want? Free education! When do we want it? Now! But Im still voting Green; partly because they still have a small edge over Labour in some policy areas, mainly because theres a serious possibility that theyll drop under the 5% threshold this election and if that happens then their six seats will be divided up between the parties that do get in, which means National will get two or three of them, and the Left may end up without a majority after all.
Thats about as much as I can manage right now. Hospital takes it out of you and I havent managed to eat much and keep it down over the last couple of days.