Well -- what a hell of a year. From secure government to destined to lose to just scraping through. It's been a rollercoaster and I've enjoyed writing about it the whole time through.
Labour just scraped through for a third term, making Helen Clark Labour's most successful leader in history in electoral terms. National will have been a decade in opposition come the next election and have not, since September, shown the gumption that would be needed to stop that become twelve long years.
We suffered the loss of Rod Donald, and the economy is slowing down after five years of, perhaps, too-fast growth.
So for me, I am off out of Wellington at 6am tomorrow. Auckland and Taupo at some point, and not back on deck properly til 9th January. Among other things, I will think about whether I can afford the time to continue the blog in 2006, or whether other projects are more important. For there are many things to work on as part of Labour's renewal drive, most of which have more real-world effect than shouting into cyberspace....
To all you who take the time to read this, thank you. I wish you a peaceful and safe Christmas and New Year season. No posts from me til 2006.
23 December 2005