We had the bad with Helen Clark bulldozing her way through nanny state laws with gay abandon and we had the Obama circus, a very beige looking man elected because of the colour of his skin.
On the good side we had New Zealanders overwhelmingly overthrow a socialist/communist government whose last dying proposal to restrict New Zealanders showering habits put the full stop on their state bothering ways.
To elect a man like John Key in the place of Helen Clark has been a revelation thus far.
Legislation to backpedal on moronic socialist laws began shortly after the November 8 election and lefty jaw flappers and so-called journalists have been frothing at the pen since, and I couldn't be happier.
It is great to see commonsense back in fashion.
It is this, the lack of negative politics and the fact that I got sick of reading about what the next loony thing the Labour party had done, said or would do after being elected or in opposition that had prevented me from writing about politics.
It is soul destroying to soak up so much garbage.
The new government have been thus far overwhelmingly positive, productive and have done and said all the right things,
They have provided a new more hopeful direction for us to move in and it is about bloody time.
There will be stumbles along the way over the next 3 years but Labour have left New Zealand in a particularly bad way, financially and socially.
They have lied and cheated their way through 9 years in power and it will take awhile to unravel the mess.
The macro issues over the global economy will also provide some pressure for John key and his government but they have shown indicators that they can get us through and New Zealanders think that as well otherwise the looney left would still be there.
Good luck to them for the New Year and we can only hope Labour continue to eat themselves as they have in opposition over the last 7 weeks.
New Zealand won, you lost, pass the bucket around the unions again.
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all my readers and I hope you enjoy your break.
Darren, Political Animal.
c Political Animal 2008