It has taken only a day after the announcement of the 2014 election date for the wheels to come off the Left Party Bus
Vernon Small reports
Outspoken Labour MP Shane Jones is set for a ticking off by leader David Cunliffe after speaking outside his portfolio areas and using strong language to attack the Green Party.
At the same time, Cunliffe has appeared to step back from declaring that the Greens would be the first cab off the rank for a post-election deal, saying Labour and NZ First had a substantial amount in common.
At the weekend Jones criticised the number of foreign university students.
Jones, who has been vocal in his attacks on the Greens and is seen as preferring a deal with NZ First, yesterday called Green oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes a “mollyhawk” for opposing offshore iron ore extraction.
Jones said Hughes was undermining the Environmental Protection Agency by commenting ahead of a hearing to consider an application by Trans-Tasman Resources to mine iron ore from the seabed off the west coast of the North Island.
The Greens’ activist stance was inappropriate for a government-in-waiting, Jones said.
Jones doesn’t have time for the grandstanding that the Green Taliban indulge in.
Far from looking like being part of a Government in waiting, the Greens are a slogan driven activist party.