No-mates Greens are sounding desperate

Caption: The major parties react to the Greens’ overtures.

For years the Greens were one of those wacky minor parties, like the Monster Raving Loony Party, who hung around the fringes of politics, stinking the place up with the reek of stale bong smoke and patchouli. Every now and again, one of their candidates would be as amazed as anyone else when some quirk of a complex preference deal handed them a Senate seat. In general though, Australians regarded them with bemused tolerance, a bit like that weird aunty with all the cats, who insists on bringing her paleo vegan mung bean casserole to family occasions.

Then the Greens edged into the mainstream consciousness: not by any dint of their appeal to Australian voters, but mostly because of the accelerating takeover of the mainstream media by humanities graduates. Inculcated with the same Marxist drivel as the Greens, and insular to a fault, journalists’ collectives like the taxpayer-funded ABC mistake the lunatic policies of the Greens for “the national sentiment” – and why wouldn’t they? After all, none of them has ever met someone who voted for Tony Abbott.

With the relentless cheerleading of the media behind them, the Greens reached their high-water mark in 2010, when they captured a total 13% of the vote – almost all of it concentrated in the wealthy inner suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney, and to a much lesser extent, Brisbane and Perth.

From those lofty heights, though, it’s all been downhill for the Greens. Now it seems that they’re starting to get a little desperate. Quote:

The Victorian Greens have urged Labor to consider forming a coalition with them if the major party falls short of a majority in the upcoming state election. End of quote.

In other words, they’re begging, “Please be our friends”.

The Greens are hoping to repeat the 2010 Federal election outcome when the Gillard government was desperate to hold on to a hung parliament and entered into a de facto coalition with the Greens. In practice, in fact, the Greens held the balance of power in both houses.

The result was that Australians got a taste of what a Greens government would actually be like. Their vote plummeted and hasn’t shown any sign of recovering.

Now, the Andrews government in Victoria is in trouble, and the Greens are hoping to capitalise again but their policies are still the same watermelon rubbish. Quote:

But the party, which counts three lower house MPs and five in the upper house and is now seriously targeting Brunswick and Richmond, believes it could be on track to hold the balance of power in both chambers of parliament after next month’s poll. At the party’s campaign launch yesterday, leader Samantha Ratnam said the party was receptive to the idea of entering into a coalition with Victorian Labor.

“If the people of Victoria do vote us into the balance of power, I think it would be wise of Premier Andrews to talk to the Greens,” she said.

The party followed the statement with a tweet that reiterated its keenness to co-operate with Labor if necessary to form a majority government. End of quote.

I’m reminded of Rik, from The Young Ones, shouting, “Hands up who likes me?” Quote:

Premier Daniel Andrews has so far resisted the Greens advances. End of quote.

Andrews knows that the Greens are electoral poison – at least, everywhere outside the inner-Melbourne latte belt.

Still, it depends on whether he gets as desperate as the Greens obviously are.


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