A challenge to Toby Manhire

Labour and Green did come together once

Labour and Green did come together once


Toby Manhire is a pundit who talks a good game. Unfortunately he is so divorced from reality that he does not seem to understand the basics of politics. A classic example is his suggestion that the Greens and Labour run a joint campaign.

If there is one obvious and constructive step Labour could take – yes, more advice – as the 2017 election heaves into view, it’s to get cracking on a formalised arrangement with the Green Party. Labour rejected a Green proposal, early in 2014, to campaign in tandem, as a kind of coalition-government-in-waiting. This time, they surely realise it’s a no-brainer. Barely anyone can reasonably cast a vote for Labour or the Greens without knowing the parties need each other to govern.

Toby’s no-brainer is a clear demonstration of how out of touch he is with NZ politics. Trying to get any deal with the Greens is near impossible. Even getting one of the Greens to agree to something and then hold the position for more than one day is a problem. Labour play politics properly. The Greens don’t, and they drive Labour to distraction by being so difficult.

So here’s the challenge to Toby: broker the deal between the Greens and Labour to show us it is possible. Get your hands dirty, work the deal and make it happen. Prove that you are more than a keyboard warrior and that your no-brainer is actually possible, not some lefty fantasy that is practically impossible.


– Toby Manhire, NZ Herald

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