Guest Post – Are the Greens naïve or just desperate?

Is it naivety or desperation that prompted the Greens to hop into bed with Labour last week?

I lean towards desperation myself. Let’s face it, Labour’s days are over, and everyone can see it. They no longer represent us workers, their main core of “talent” consists of unelected wannabes, and they have given away their control to idiot unionists. They have no option really other than to “merge” with one of their competitors in order to survive. Businesses do this all the time. Some flourish as a result and some fail. And it’s true too that the Greens are seemingly going nowhere at the moment. There’s only so many tree hugging hippies per head of population and that figure of around 9% seems appropriate.

I agree with most opinionators (I think I just invented a new word there) that both parties are dreaming if they think their combined vote share will increase as a result of this MOU.

But it could just as easily go badly wrong for both parties. Why? Matt McCarten, that’s why.  

This man is toxic. He is a vote loser and party wrecker. Just look at his Wikipedia page. I’ll simplify it for you.

President of the Alliance Party – which was very successful under the leadership of Jim Anderton in the 90s. But McCarten got too big for his boots and caused a split, losing Anderton and subsequently tanking in the 2002 election to less than 1% of the vote. They never recovered.

In 2004 he switched his allegiance to the Maori Party, which was a predictably brief affair.

2005 saw him take over leadership of the Unite Union. Yes, that’s the organisation that IRD is chasing for $150 grand in unpaid tax.

His next political folly was with Hone Harawira’s new Mana Party. He was “interim” Chairman, or advisor, in 2011. We know how that party ended.

And in 2014 he became “Chief of Staff” (advisor?) for David Cunliffe’s Labour, who achieved the worst result for Labour since radio was invented (What’s radio got to do with it? Nothing). Incredibly his valued services were retained by the Labour Party for the next leader, who’s name escapes me at the moment.

So McCarten, through the new MOU, is one of the key players in both of the left wing parties currently seeking advancement in NZ politics.

The trouble for the Greens is that the man has never been associated with anything approaching a successful outcome. What were the Greens thinking? Which brings me back to where I started. Desperation.

(Written by a Tradesman, who is happier with the current governance of the country than the latest “alternative” that the loonies are proposing.)


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