Labour is not happy that the party they like to shaft actually got to bend Labour over a table for once and give them one in the chook.
The Green Party demonstrated two things this week: on Tuesday it showed it is working closely with Labour and on Wednesday it showed it will act independently of Labour if need be.
One was more successful than the other but it needs to continue doing both.
The attempts on Tuesday for Labour and the Greens to join forces against John Key did not work well.
They were trounced by one-liners.
The Greens’ decision to do a deal with National to get the Red Peak flag on the referendum ballot paper worked, at least for the Greens.
What was more interesting was the tone of Labour’s response by MPs on the floor of the House.
The Greens had done the deal with National that Labour had refused and Labour was very, very disappointed in the Greens.
Nothing about the decision was unprincipled, yet Labour’s tone was that the Greens should feel guilty, but that Labour would forgive them because the Greens had been motivated by perhaps youthful exuberance and naivety.
The Greens were definitely guilty of making Labour look out-manoeuvred, but that was a consequence, not a motivation.