Yesterday both me and Arts, Travel and Lifestyle blogger David âPinkoâ Farrar blogged that Gareth Morgan is calling for a Blue Green Party.
The time is overdue for a Bluegreens political party, one that is happy to work with whoever is the senior party in government, and is focussed properly on improving our environment, society and economy together. Without this there is a large swathe of voters who are not represented adequately in Parliament. Can the Green Party assume that role? I doubt it very much, theirs is very much a socialist heritage and they exhibit an ongoing reluctance to get real on the importance of the economy. With their voter support capped at 10% (about the same as the craziest party in parliament, Winston Peterâs conspiracy theorists), the electorate continues to see no hope for the Green Party â the adverse impact on jobs and incomes is unpalatable. âŠ
A Bluegreen party would emphatically express New Zealandersâ preference for clever and clean as the way we want our dollars earned, while leaving National and Labour to fight over how social justice is best promoted â via Nationalâs preference for capacity building through education and training, delivering more flexible employment and wage-setting practices; or via Labourâs penchant for widening and lifting of social assistance, greater progressivity of income tax, widening the tax base on income from capital, and greater protection of labour in the workplace.
That is why today I am calling for a Bluegreen party â a party with a true environmental focus rather than a socialist party in drag. Tomorrow we will look at some of the policies such a party could pursue, policies that without a Bluegreen party are being left off the political agenda completely.
I’ve had some additional thoughts about this.Â Read more »