I’m yet to find anyone that thinks the Green Labour thing is a positive

Michelle Boag

Michelle Boag

First, Boag

Political commentators on both sides aren’t expecting much to come from Tuesday’s announcement the Greens and Labour are teaming up to try and win the 2017 election.

The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding, pooling their resources in an attempt to overcome the long-dominant National Party.

The only concrete piece of information the parties will confirm is that Grant Robertson will be Finance Minister, should they win. Other key positions — such as Deputy Prime Minister — will depend on how the votes fall.

The parties are also yet to decide whether they’ll stand candidates aside in marginal electorates.

Former National Party president Michelle Boag says the deal is a sign Labour has “given up” trying to win on their own, and former leader Helen Clark will be “furious”.

Actually, Hells won’t give a toss.  She’s too busy trying to become president of the world.  What about the left?  How do they see this? 

Left-wing blogger Chris Trotter has seen how deals like this usually end before.

“The first time I saw something like this was out at Albany when Helen Clark went to the Alliance conference…that ended in tragedy.”

He says everyone assumed they were working together anyway, and it makes Labour look weak giving equal footing to the Greens — the third-biggest party in Parliament, but still a long way behind Labour.

Ms Boag says the Greens might scare off more than just a few of Labour’s blue-collar supporters.

“Labour will dislodge some of its old loyal troops to New Zealand First, and it may well be that the Remuera housewife who’d flirted with the Green because she’s in favour of the environment actually realises ‘gosh, these are just a bunch of lefties’.”

If the partnership fails, Labour will only make things worse if they change leaders again, Mr Trotter believes.

“You won’t be able to count the votes because people would be falling over themselves laughing.”

I hear Winston has had to go to A&E with cramp in his facial muscles due to the enormous grin he was sporting since the announcement.

How do the Greens and Labour think they can create something better out of the sum of its parts, they really need to explain it to us.


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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. 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.

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