Please Catherine, could you please drink some

It is an urban myth originating from 1952 where Lady Astor to Winston Churchill, after a heated argument shouted, “If I were your wife I would put poison in your coffee!” Winston Churchill was reported as replying “And if I were your husband I would drink it.”

Catherine Delahunty, the former Member for Mars, has said she’d rather drink hemlock than watch The Greens go into coalition with National:

Former Green MPs are rubbishing the prospect of the party doing any deal with National, with some chalking up such talk as ‘mischief-making’.

National deputy leader Paula Bennett this morning told the AM Show on Newshub that her party would “quite like” to talk to the Greens about the possibility of forming a government.

Green co-leader James Shaw has previously played down the idea, but said he’d have to listen to an offer if National called.

But Green Party sources spoken to by RNZ say there’s “no chance” of a deal and that members would consider it a broken promise of the highest order.

Mr Shaw would likely lose the leadership for even suggesting it, one source said.

The Green Party constitution requires at least 75 percent of its members at a special general meeting to sign off any coalition deal.

Former MP Catherine Delahunty said there was “a snowball’s chance in hell” that members would back such an arrangement.

“I would rather drink hemlock than go with the National Party,” she said.

“The last thing I want to see is the Green Party or any other party propping them up to put them back into power. They’ve done enough damage.”

A great many voters out there would wish that she would indeed drink some hemlock.

Perhaps, though, Delahunty is simply trying to align herself with great Greek thinker Socrates. Fat chance of that.



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