Greens and Labour and a big announcement and no one cared

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You know the budget must have been well received by voters when just two sitting days after it has been delivered the opposition have stopped attacking and launched a weapon of mass distraction.

Labour and the Greens have announced a formal pact to work together to change the Government.

“Labour and the Greens have reached agreement, common ground,” Labour leader Andrew Little said at a joint press conference on Tuesday.

In a public sign of the deal he will be the keynote speaker at the Green’s annual conference on Saturday.

That is seen as a symbolic reminder of Helen Clark’s speech at the Alliance conference before the 1999 election that buried the hatchet between the former rivals.

Little said it’s time for a change and the parties intended to build a stable credible and progressive alternative to National.

I think he missed the mark on the credible part.

Green co-leader Metiria Turei said the Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] between the two parties would provide “crystal clear clarity” that was lacking in the last two elections about an alternative government.

The MOU included an agreement to co-operate in Parliament and investigate a joint policy and/or campaign.

Little said Grant Robertson would be finance minister in a Labour-Green government but no other discussions had been held over other roles.

Turei said the shape of a Cabinet would come much further down the track, after the election.

The wording of the MOU implies it will run only until the election and it is not being presented as a coalition deal.

Asked about NZ First’s role Little said: “We both agree this is not a monogamous relationship.”

So they can shag about…good to know.

What Labour and the Greens have done is three-fold.

Firstly they have told the hard-left that they should vote Green. Then they’ve told the centre-left to vote for National. And for those who can’t do that they can vote for Winston Peters.

The upshot is that Labour is now a minor party attempting to join forces with another minor party to declare victory.

It seems they are still playing Kiwi cricket with the spastics.

The Greens are toxic and National are grinning from ear to ear because there is no longer any doubt. If you vote for Labour you get the Greens.

Just looking at that photo above it reminded me of another strange looking couple.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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