Gareth comes good, and not by wanting to nail more cats

About the only thing I agree with Gareth Morgan on is his desire to have the cat population of NZ killed.

Now there is another thing I can agree with him on.

The need for the Greens to change.

Since the election, several high profile commentators – including the businessman, Gareth Morgan – have suggested the Greens ditch some of their left-leaning policies.

Radio New Zealand invited Mr Morgan to take part in a discussion panel along with the Greens’ co-leader Metiria Turei and her predecessor Jeanette Fitzsimons.

Mr Morgan argued that the Green Party’s stance means they could only ever go into Government with Labour.

“I want to see the environment represented inside the tent. I don’t want the environment to have about a 50 percent chance of being in power.”

He said many middle-of-the-road voters cared about the environment but won’t vote for the Green Party because of its more left-wing policies.

Mr Morgan said the Greens should ditch their left-wing policies and focus solely on the environment, so they can hold whoever is in power to account.

As usual though the Greens blithely watch as good ideas go sailing over their heads.

Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says that approach would cost them a significant amount of support.

“You cannot just isolate one aspect as a silo and expect that that will have an influence across the whole of the programme.”

She said the party’s economic, social, and environmental policies are all interconnected.

“We simply will not and cannot … give up on our value set that recognises ecological wisdom, social justice, and the economy as an opportunity and a tool for improving on both.”

See, stupid is as stupid does. They may well lose the hard left support, but on the upside they may well gain plenty more support from conservative green thinking voters. I’d suggest their support would increase actually.

With my hobbies of hunting, fishing and the outdoors you’d think I would be a green voter, but I’m not…because of their loony economic policies.

But Mr Morgan said that the Prime Minister appears to view poverty as a bigger threat to his Government than climate change.

“Here’s my scenario … the Nats [sic] actually make a reasonable fist of addressing the poverty issue … and get back into power … and the environment goes to hell in a hand basket.”

Mrs Turei said Mr Morgan needs to take that up with the National Party rather than with the Greens. She said the Greens to build their vote to make them indispensible to either Labour or National when forming a Government.

By ignoring people like Gareth Morgan all the Greens do is mouth platitudes. Their insane policies outside of the environment mean they will NEVER be in a coalition with National.

 

– Radio NZ


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