The Green party hand National a magazine full of extra rounds

The Green party have never acted like a traditional political party. Some say that is because they are as mad as hatters. Some say it is because they are an activist party and don’t like playing by the rules. Some still believe that they have lofty environmental principles that mean they will do the right thing even if it is foolish politically. Others, like National leader Simon Bridges, hope that he will one day talk them into becoming a coalition partner of National.

It is hard to know which scenario applies to their latest political decision. In effect, they have chosen to hand over to the National party a loaded magazine so that they can attempt to shoot even more rounds into the body of the coalition government.

We can only ask the question: Who benefits from this decision?

Green Party co-leader James Shaw says the prime minister is well aware of the risks of not having any political friends at the 2020 election.

That means Jacinda Ardern’s conscious of ensuring coalition partner NZ First and supply and confidence partner, the Greens, “get the profile associated with our work programmes”, he said.

Shaw’s comments come in response to his announcement on Sunday that the Greens are handing over their primary questions in the House to the Opposition so the Government can be held to greater account.

[…] Striking a deal with National to give them an extra 42 primary questions during Question Time this year alone was a win-win.

“I guess the win for us is we’re doing something in Government that we said we’d do in Opposition and that’s important to us,” Shaw said.

When did the Green party ever say that they would hand over their right to put questions to the government if they ever became part of the government? Why wouldn’t they want to hold the government to account? Are they admitting that once they are part of a government they are neutered lapdogs?

[…] “We think patsy questions are a waste of time, and New Zealanders have not put us in Parliament to do that; we’re there to make positive change for our people and our environment.

So, instead of holding the government to account, they have decided to hand over the job to the National party? Did people really put the Greens into power so that they could hand over their verbal bullets to the National party? What is this really all about?

[…] National Party leader Simon Bridges has welcomed the Green Party’s decision.

“I said when I became Leader that National would remain firmly focused on being an effective Opposition and in the past weeks we have continued to do that.

“That includes during Parliamentary Question Time when Opposition MPs get Ministers on their feet asking questions of importance to New Zealanders, and those efforts will now be bolstered by the Green Party’s decision.

“National will use the Green Party’s Questions as well its own to continue to focus on the issues that matter to New Zealanders – the economy, law and order, housing, public services and the environment.

“The Green Party’s willingness for this weak Government to be held to account is commendable and we will honour the spirit of this move by doing so strongly,” Bridges said.

The Green party are part of the ‘weak government’. Why on earth are they assisting National to shoot holes in it?

– Stuff

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