The Memorandum of Understanding morphs into an Agreement of Principles

A Green party press release informs us:

“The Green Party’s agreement with Labour is built on shared values and principles,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said.

“The agreement we signed […] is a commitment to work together as a stable government in the best interests of New Zealanders, while leaving scope for Labour and the Greens to maintain our unique identities.

“The new Government signed two agreements today that set out an ambitious policy agenda for real positive progress, with lots of specific commitments from the Green Party’s manifesto.

“It’s clear to me that this will be a truly transformational Government for Aotearoa New Zealand.

“The way this Government chooses to measure success will define what its priorities are. By writing a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals into our agreement with Labour, we’re committing to an ambitious approach to economic development, social wellbeing, and ecological sustainability.

“We aspire to an Aotearoa New Zealand where no child goes hungry, our birds and forests thrive, and the rest of the world looks to us as a leader in the fight against climate change.

I can hardly see the screen from laughing so much.   These people in the Green party are children, dreamers, and activists but they don’t know the first thing about politics.

“The Green Party shares many goals and values with Labour and NZ First. I look forward to working with Jacinda Ardern, Winston Peters, and their parties in a genuine MMP Government,” Mr Shaw said.

The Green party also shared many goals and values with National.  But that ship has sailed.  They would have had actual ministers at an actual cabinet table with actual budgets and actual control.

Now they have a waffly set of common values and goals and a promise to pretend to agree with Labour and NZ First for the sake of “stability”.


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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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