No Teal deal

[..]New Zealand First will head into preliminary talks later in the week with both National and Labour.

The possibility of National and the Greens coming together to form a government has been floated by some commentators.

But Mr Shaw said that speculation was getting a bit boring.

“Our job is to form a government with the Labour Party, that’s what I said on election night, that’s what I campaigned on for the last 18 months and that’s what we are busy working on.[…]

Well, if that is the case – join the Labour Party!

What is the point of being “different” if the only reason the Greens exist as a Party is to create a Labour Government?  And, in this case, a government where the Greens will be the “flea on the tail wagging the dog”

[…]”I said on election night that I think the numbers are there for a new government and that’s what we are working on, so everything else frankly is noise and no signal.” […]

Maths was clearly not his best school subject.

[…]Mr Shaw said talk of a ‘Teal Deal’ is all being fed through proxies and is all PR and fluff, saying there was no substance to it.

Asked whether he believed it was a paid campaign to promote the idea of a National-Greens deal, Mr Shaw said he did not know, and he did not care.

“I’m busy trying to form a government with the Labour Party and presumably with New Zealand First as well, and I said on election night if Bill [English] wants to call, I’m happy to take the call and to have a conversation with him, but he hasn’t called, so as far as I’m concerned, everything else is pure speculation.”[…]

“And as far as I am concerned, I would rather consign the Greens to permanent irrelevancy than actually change something for the better in the environment.”  (Well, OK – I made that bit up.)


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