I think as the enormity of what has just occurred is slowly starting to sink in, the oxygen for “sell out” by some on the Left has been sucked from the lungs by Laila’s appointment.
You know how spooked the Right are by facing a political party with as much resource as them by the shrill screams of outrage by David Farrar and the continued shanking John Key feels he has to keep providing in the media.
The dripping spite from the Press Gallery is another sure sign that the alliance has annoyed the Wellington gate keepers.
That’s all great news, because that’s the sound of fear. Having the PM and his online mouth pieces this aggrieved and personal helps strip that nice laid back BBQ PM image and we get to see John for the nasty piece of work that he is.
It also helps illuminate the deep bias expressed by so many press gallery journalists have against it (Armstrong & Young being the exception).
This will become a game changer if Internet MANA pull the don’t knows to their flag.
What should excite progressives this election is the possibility of a Labour-Green-Internet MANA majority. The Left have never been able to be truly progressive because conservative brake pedals like NZ First and United have always dragged it back, if the majority were Labour-Green-Internet MANA however, there would be no conservative or neoliberal brake pedals.
My fear is not that we lose, my fear is that the Left are going to win by accident. Strategists within the Left need to start working on what the first 100 days looks like or else MMP could simply beat National at the ballot box and the Left trip into Government with no clear vision of change other than management.
A Labour-Green-Internet MANA majority is a unique opportunity for genuine progressive change, such opportunities rarely come by and when they do they must be risked.