As regular readers will know I’ve been an active Green supporter since the Alliance left parliament. I’ve not agreed with all of their policies and over the years I’ve had serious issues with the more amateur aspects of their campaigns but they have been the party in parliament that most accurately reflects what I’d like to see done.
Today that political amateurism has made me seriously rethink my support for the Greens.
By cutting a deal with the National party the Greens have provided National with a smokescreen of centrism that they desperately need right now as the electorate starts to cotton onto their hard right agenda and even the Maori party is turning on them. In short it’s a PR coup for John Key and his government.
And what have the Greens got in return? The home insulation fund that National were already moving toward anyway and some local regulations on health supplements.
Now is the time for the Left to oppose the new Right, not to facilitate them in exchange for stuff that is already being done or rats and mice policies about who licenses ginseng-based penis enhancement pills. But that’s what the Greens have done today and I didn’t spend time and energy campaigning for them for that.
My problem is that I believe that it is the duty of citizens to participate in representative democracy. Not because I believe we have the best system available but because I believe in working with what you’ve got.
I’m currently looking at a Labour Party membership form. I haven’t been a member since the 1980’s and, as you’ll know, I’m not a great fan of them now. I’m gonna have to sleep on it.
Update: Need I say more?