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In view of the recent polling which has shown that a Green/Labour coalition is now on the cards with winning the next election and another poll which shows Russel Norman only a few percentage points behind David Shearer in the preferred Prime Minister stakes, the two parties have got together and worked out a perfect way to show how the new government might look to voters.
My sources inside Labour and the Greens haveÂ disclosedÂ that e deal has been reached and Russel Norman will now take his place on the bench beside David Shearer as co-leader of the opposition. Grant Robertson will need to shuffle down a bit to make room but Russel’s seat will be filled by another Labour person so there won’t be any problems.Â
This is the second step, after the joint Green/Labour power policy, to show Kiwi voters just how closely they are working together. Now with them being bench mates it will give both leaders a much needed boost in future polls, as well as equal television coverage of parliament, as David Shearer sits and nods while Russel Norman really spikes John Key’s guns
A memo has been leaked outlining the seating changes to take effect when Parliament resumes this afternoon.