Of course Annette King has seen it before, she was there when Parliament first convened

via Stuff

via Stuff

Labour says the National Party shouldn’t scoff at its memorandum of understanding with the Greens, because they’re only following in their footsteps.

Deputy leader Annette King told Paul Henry on Friday morning the MOU is “nothing new”.

“The National Party had a memorandum of understanding with the Green Party.”

She’s talking about the Greens and National’s ‘shared policy initiatives’ agreement of 2009, when the rivals set aside their differences to get houses insulated and work on energy efficiency.

Seven years later, the Greens have signed a deal with Labour to work together to wrest power from National, after refusing to do so at the previous two elections.

“This one is around us working together cooperatively up to the election because we want to change the Government. That won’t please everybody… but it’s what we’ve decided to do.”

Ms King says it’s better than “just having a cup of tea down somewhere in Auckland a week before the election”.  […]

Though the tea is no longer brewing, Ms King says National has effective MOUs with not just ACT, but also “bland” Peter Dunne and the Maori Party.”If they didn’t have those two, they wouldn’t make up the Government.”

What a load of twaddle.  A coalition agreement is a lot more involved that a “MOU”.  Also, the arrangement that the Greens had with National was to achieve something with government, something positive and constructive, while Labour and Green now only agree to work together to more effectively destroy the government, and nothing else.

She is right in the sense it is nothing new because the Internet Party and the Mana Movement did the same thing before the last election.  Bereft of any common goal other than to end John Key’s reign at the top, they also stated that the cooperation was purely to bring National down, and it may very well dissolve after the election.  And it did.

The MOU is nothing but a failed publicity stunt.  It is stillborn.   It is another “seeing to be doing something” move from two parties who are totally out of ideas as to how to form a credible opposition.


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