Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, June 1st, 2016 - 205 comments
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Why is it that whenever some sort of deal with Labour and the Greens is raised publicly some commentators say it is the death knell for Labour’s chances at the next election?
The rationale seems to be that the Greens are a bunch of wide eyed loons intent on destroying our way of life. If by this they mean that the Greens want New Zealand to actually do something about climate change, that they prefer we can actually swim in our rivers and they want our urban areas more human friendly than car friendly then I guess the commentators have a point. Although these commentators fail because these values are Kiwi values.
And they never address these issues apart from in a superficial beltway sort of way. They just talk as if the Greens want to sacrifice your first born and stop you eating meat and take away your car and hell of course they are extremists.
It is part of the closeting excuse for political discourse that occurs in our country. Left wing “extremists” with radical ideas like saving the planet are written off. Right wing extremists with bizarre ideas about privatising all of the education system or getting rid of social housing get gifted electorate seats. These same commentaries do not call it for what it is, an electoral rort. And they criticise one arrangement and totally ignore the second.
The sense of double standard is overwhelming. Free market nutters, religious extremists are fine but want to save the planet …
This example from Claire Trevett in the Herald is an example. She claims the deal has offered the next election to National on a platter. I bet Crosby Textor is saying the same thing.
Her rationale is that Winston Peters prefers dealing with single parties and she repeats the mantra that the Greens are just a little bit toxic to voters.
Last election National and its allies in the media made a great deal about how messy a left wing coalition would be. Those ads showing a rowing boat with everyone rowing in different directions hurt.
Now there is some unity amongst the two major parties on the left and the same voices are saying this is a very bad thing. I wish they would make up their minds. Is unity or division better?
One aspect that has not been mentioned is the circumstances in 2008 when National and John Key humiliated Winston Peters over the Owen Glenn affair. I bet he still recalls the circumstances clearly. National would have to offer him a hell of a deal to erase these memories.
And to complete this post can I offer this video to summarise my personal feelings on the Labour-Green announcement (HT Peter Haynes) …