Is a Nat/Green really tenable?

Red Vernon Small doesn’t think so:

Let’s forget those farmers in Morrinsville. And let’s accept that the party of farmers and businesses would embrace the “loony” Greens to avoid the evil clutches of Winston Peters.

Then let’s forget that for nine years, and more, National has been using the Greens as the bogy men of politics; one of the main reasons people should not vote Labour.

Let’s forget that in National folklore they have been dope-smoking, RMA-hugging, farmer-taxing, welfare-enabling, SIS-dismantling, Iraq-deployment-loathing, Hager-loving, cow-culling, mining-denying, climate change-obsessive, growth-curbing, railroading, motorway-rejecting anti-free trade peaceniks. And not very bright or realistic either.

Let’s draw a green veil over the fact that there would be a similarly-unflattering list of National traits from the Green side.

There is also the fact that 75 per cent of the Green membership would have to approve it … a constitutional rule designed to stop just such a thing as a leader tacking with the changing wind.

Admittedly it is pretty tough to make it happen, but it doesn’t mean the Greens shouldn’t at least have a chat.

If they don’t then they are telling everyone that they really don’t care too much for the environment, it is secondary to rampant hard left socialism.

Most importantly, though, a “teal deal” would be a brazen betrayal of everything the Greens had said – and much of what National had said too.

Campaign promises and undertakings do mean something.

Arguing that a promise to “change the government” would be fulfilled by a National-Green affair being a “new” administration is pure sophistry. Peters tried that argument when he went with National in 1996. If he believed it, few others did and he had not made anywhere near as big a deal of “changing the government” as the Greens have.

And if the Greens went that way, you would have to pity them campaigning in 2020 … for what? A fifth-term National-led government?

Labour would eat their support base for breakfast even if the Green Party survived the experience.

Labour already ate their support. First, they popped Metiria Turei’s bubble, then they poached half their vote back. They were the disaffected Labour voters returning to give a pretty face a whirl.

For now we have all had a chuckle and, in the vacuum before talks start in earnest, a chance to navel-gaze about shifting alignments.

Now let’s get back to reality and Saturday’s special vote count.

Then the serious negotiations can start next week over either a National-NZ First deal or a Labour-NZ First-Green government.

It all depends on the specials. The left-wing are hoping beyond hope that they pick up two seats, ignoring of course the actual maths of how it all works with the  Sainte-Laguë formula.

 

-Fairfax


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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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