“Strangest election” really just a total waste of money

Auckland’s Mt Albert electorate is having one of the strangest election contests New Zealand has seen. The only real contenders are two young women from the same side of the political fence who get along so well they have carpooled on the campaign…

Labour’s Jacinda Ardern and the Green’s Julie Anne Genter are trying to hold a contest between parties that might campaign as a prospective coalition at the general election in September. The Greens certainly intend to do so, they have decided not to stand a candidate in Peter Dunne’s Ohariu seat in the hope that Labour’s new recruit, former Police Association spokesman Greg O’Connor, can win it and deprive National of a likely coalition partner.

The Green strategy does seem a little confused.  As a list-only party, they need to be campaigning for the party vote wherever they can.   

Technically it does not matter which party wins the most seats under MMP. If Labour and the Greens together emerge from the election with one more seat than National, Act and NZ First, it should not matter if National has won 40 per cent of the vote and Labour 30 per cent.

It’s interesting to see the media giving up on the idea of Winston joining a Labour/Green coalition.  It was never going to fly of course.  But even Labour have become quiet about it of late.

New Zealand could begin to find out what an economy geared to climate change, alternative fuels, ethical investments and environmentally sustainable industries would look like and what the effects on lifestyles and living costs might be. It will be interesting to see how Labour responds to a Green manifesto before the election, if the Greens produce one.

If they do not it would be out of character and suspicious.

Mt Albert ought to be the trial run for the extent to which Labour would agree with a Green agenda. But the carpooling candidates are probably keeping their differences in the car.

Mt Albert is an aberration.  Electoral law requires the by-election to take place, but this close to a general election and a Labour safe-seat, it is nothing more than a profile-building exercise for Ardern.

 

– NZ Herald

 


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