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Catherine Delahunty isn’t the sharpest tack in the box:

Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty has said she will resign if her party entered a coalition deal with the National Party – a call that undermines the credibility of the Green Party’s bid for more mainstream political appeal by leaving open the possibility of such a deal.

Ms Delahunty did not return calls, but Otago University politics lecturer Bryce Edwards confirmed she made the comment when responding to his questions during an interview on Friday.

“I clearly asked her: ‘If there was a Green Party MP that was a minister in a National-led Government, would you resign from parliament?’ She said, ‘Yes I would’.”

A few months ago, the Green Party amended its statement on pre-election positioning to leave open a formal agreement with National, something that had been explicitly ruled out in the past.

Greens co-leader Russel Norman told the Herald he was comfortable with Ms Delahunty’s position.

“Individual MPs and members have strong views and that’s fair enough but the decision [on pre-election positioning] as a whole is made by the party.”

Catherine Delahunty would rather remain ineffectual and irrelevant than work together with a party that looks like giving The Greens far more respect than Labour ever did.

Of course wait for Labour to attack Bryce Edwards, he is clearly only saying this because he is part of the VRWNLLWC (Vast Right Wing and non-Labour Left Wing Conspiracy).