Newly-elected Green Party co-leader James Shaw has taken a shot at Prime Minister John Key, saying he should be “careful what he wishes for”.
Mr Key this week said he was looking forward to facing off with Mr Shaw – part of a National Party strategy which Mr Shaw said was designed to undermine him.
After beating the more experienced Kevin Hague in a vote for male co-leader position this afternoon, Mr Shaw said he was capable of taking on Mr Key.
“He did say he was looking forward to it, so he should be careful what he wishes for,” the Green MP said at a press conference.
Mr Shaw, a Wellington-based MP with a business background, ran on a platform of growing the Green Party vote. He said the members had seen that the Greens needed to expand into a broad-based party and he was the best person to do that.
But the party already had solid foundations, he said, and he did not plan to make a drastic change in direction. He reiterated his opposition to forming a Government with National, but said that would ultimately be decided by the party’s members.
Mr Shaw said both Labour and Greens were in good shape, having changed leaders, and were looking ahead. He noted that the two parties polled highest when they presented themselves as a unified, alternative government.
Labour and the Greens are both in great shape.
So, the carrot is going out to Labour to work together and take on the nasty Nats.
The parties polled the highest when they were busy creating policy such as nationalising electricity generation under NZ Power, and running a damaging campaign that took $2b out of the nation’s coffers – an amount that would have covered the deficit a number of times over by now.
If Shaw thinks Labour is in good shape, then I bet he thinks Meteria is doing a great job as well.
The promise lasted less than a day. Shaw is already digging his hole deeper.
– Isaac Davison, NZ Herald