The embarrassing manner in which the mainstream media have over egged Cunliffe’s recent comments this morning is just another reminder of what is so very wrong with political journalism in NZ – that we have MMP elections covered by a First-Past-The-Post Press Gallery.
The headline from a poorly executed Nation interview this morning screamed , ‘Labour all but rules out Internet-Mana‘ but what does it actually mean? Sadly Paddy was too busy chasing his usual ‘gotcha’ moment so voters didn’t have it explained and Claire Trevett seems to be a paid up member of the John Key fan club so answers are pretty thin on the ground there as well.
So let’s turn to The Daily Blog.
As The Daily Blog has pointed out for about a year now, the relationship between Labour and Internet MANA will most likely take the form of a supply and confidence arrangement so the idea that Cunliffe is saying it’s unlikely for Laila or Hone to sit at the Cabinet table isn’t a shock or surprise to anyone with the intelligence to research this properly. It seems Paddy, the Nation and Claire Trevett have no comprehension of how supply and confidence relationships work, so seeing as the mainstream media simply won’t explain it, allow me to.
What do Internet MANA want?
Their joint platform follows 3 themes:
Manaakitanga: Sharing our wealth – Feed the kids, free tertiary education, 30 000 new state houses, financial transactions tax.
Nga Moemoea: A future of hope – Right to work, living wage, public investment into internet infrastructure, cheaper universal internet, 100% renewable energy by 2025.
Rangatiratanga: A free and independent nation – more Maori language in schools, withdraw from 5 eyes, repeal GCSB Bills and enact a Bill of Digital Rights
What are the bottom-lines for a supply and confidence arrangement likely to be?
I think the most likely outcome if there is a Green-Labour-Internet MANA majority would be an offer post election for supply and confidence meaning Internet MANA were outside Cabinet but guaranteed stable Government with a supply and confidence arrangement with the 5 most likely bottom lines being
1 – Feed the Kids
2 – More public investment in internet infrastructure and universal internet access
3 – 30 000 new state houses
4 – Repeal the GCSB and TICs Bill and implement a Digital Bill of Rights
5 – Could be free tertiary, cannabis decriminalisation or living wage.
Such an arrangement would keep Internet MANAs independence while delivering real and tangible change for their voters. None of that subtlety was explained by the nonsense media coverage of it.