Greens wanted to “change the government”. Why are they hung up on semantics?

Green Party leader James Shaw says “everything is on the table” as coalition talks begin, but he won’t be calling the National Party.

Shaw will speak with Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on the phone this afternoon, and will meet with her in person tomorrow. He will approach NZ First leader Winston Peters in the next few days.

Shaw said he would not being making contact with National, but he would take a call from National leader Bill English.

“It’s my responsibility to do so. And we’ll have to see what they’ve got to say. But one of the things I will be saying in return is ‘You know we campaigned on a change of government and you know what was in our manifesto … and how incongruous that is to what the National Party policy programme is’.”

If there is one thing we’ve discovered this election, it is how much of a political retard James Shaw is.   There is pre-election rhetoric and post-election rhetoric.

The Green party seem to be determined to sit on the cross benches holding their breath and leering righteously at National over crossed arms.

Yet every observer keeps asking the questions:  why can’t they pursue green policy?  Why does it have to be only if National also cave in on social policy?

It’s definitely the Green way or the highway, and in this case, that means the party will spend another three years as a group of activists pretending to be a political movement.

All voters wanted were warmer homes, efficient use of energy, happy dolphins and improving the lives of children at the economic bottom end.   It’s only petulance to say there is no overlap with National.  And that’s being kind.  The other answer is that Shaw is a total moron.

As for changing the government – if you are part of this one, you’ve changed it.  Boofhead*


– Isaac Davison, NZ Herald


* the moderators won’t let me write **** [MOD – Hey!]

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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.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.