“Cautious optimism” from grass-roots greens, but they are really just as confused as the rest of us


I’m not sure cautious optimism is going to get them there.

There was a time when a Green Party Conference hosted morris dancing, was scent-free and had far more than its share of people with dreadlocks, per capita.

It’s still scent-free, apparently, and the pies served for lunch were only available in vegetarian.

But it’s decidedly more mainstream, echoing comments co-leader Metiria Turei is often at pains to point out, the party is no longer quite the “radical” shift to the left it used to be.

Had it been, this formalised agreement for Labour and the Greens to work together until the election, may not have been received quite so warmly.

About 250 members of the party’s wider rank and file attended the Annual General Meeting and conference, to co-leader James Shaw and Labour leader Andrew Little speak.

They were there to sell the package of a joint Labour-Greens election campaign and, all going smoothly, Government.   
Labour and the Greens jointly announced on Wednesday, the parties had signed a formal memorandum of understanding to work together to oust the Government at the 2017 election.

The pact also includes an “agree to disagree” clause, to allow for differences in policy.

It’s appeared to have been met by party members with a cautious optimism.

The MOU is a whole page that really says nothing.

All Labour and the Greens are agreeing to do is be nice to each other and try to work out a way to share the hard left votes amongst themselves.

They have signalled to the few remaining centre-left voters that Labour doesn’t care for them any more and they have two clear choices…that nice Mr John Key, or the silver fox Winston Peters.

Mark my words, you are going to see the Greens vote increase, Labour’s slump, and National and NZ First hoover up the political homeless.



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