The last week of an election always gets messy: Greens cuddle up to National

Internet Party leader Laila Harre has criticised the Greens for talking about the possibility of a co-operation deal with a National Government just eight days from the election – a proposal that National has slapped down and exploited.

“I think it is seriously mis-timed,” Ms Harre told the Weekend Herald.

She said it was crucial that progressive parties focused on mobilising turnout to change the government and the amount of early voting so far signalled the potential for a significant increase.

“I think the Greens’ statement is unfortunate. It risks demoralising those who are confident and hold hope that the progressive parties are focused on a change of government,” Ms Harre said.

In the event that National managed to put together a government after September 20, it would be one that was extremely vulnerable, with John Key’s leadership an issue in the aftermath of the Dirty Politics revelations.

Ah well Laila.  I do actually hope you make it into parliament now.  I wouldn’t want you to fade away into union obscurity while we pick apart your role in Dirty Politics for the public to see.  

“All of that makes it even more important that the progressive parties that want to change the Government are entirely focused on that outcome.

“It is not the time for any of those parties to be forming relationships of any nature with the National Party.”

The Greens’ formal position as decided at its AGM in June is the same as before, that its strong preference is to form a government with Labour and it is extremely unlikely to support National.

However, co-leader Russel Norman yesterday morning raised the prospect of getting another memorandum of understanding with a National-led government.

The aim, it is understood, was to try to get some of the soft “blue-green” vote away from National.

This is how absurd the election has become.  The Greens know they are a dead duck with the Labour millstone around their necks.  The only way they can get into any kind of government is with the support of Winston Peters.  Peters will insist on keeping then out of cabinet.   The choice for the Greens will be to be part of the opposition, or offer confidence and supply to a minority Labour/NZ First government.

So what do they do?  They try and erode the blue-green vote.

Don’t over-think this.  The only way to be sure that you’re not staring down a Labour/Green/NZ First government is to put all your votes behind National.   You might regret it if you don’t.


– Audrey Young, NZ Herald

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