A warm soy latte with John Key?
Sharp in take of breath moment as TVNZ last night reported Greens could work with National post the election if National win.
It’s a smart move.
The Greens are so viciously anti-tribal they are viciously tribal. Their kaupapa is to work with everyone and not be bound by the ideological hatreds of the past. On one hand that is great for those soft National Party voters who are in open mouthed horror at the revelations in Dirty Politics but who are refusing to move to Labour, on the other hand, those staunch left vote who want to be assured their vote would never support National have options to go to Internet MANA.
This isn’t stupid. The 1% they may shed to Internet MANA is offset by the 2% they could pick up from National.
Soft National vote focus groups are coming back with over 50% believing Key is lying about Dirty Politics and negative comments and sentiments about National have skyrocketed in those focus groups. That shift of revulsion isn’t moving to Labour, so the Greens wanting to suggest they could work with National post election IF National wins, is a clever tactic.
People forget how pro market the Greens really are, the rebuilding of our economic infrastructure will only occur at the speed necessary to combat climate change if the real cost of pollution is priced into the cost.
The Greens will work with everyone and anyone for positive change, in an election as divisive and as nasty as this one with so many bridges burnt, it’s an interesting tactic.
I think the Greens are still on their way to 15%, their campaign has to date been one of the best this election. Traditionally the Greens suffer higher results in the polling than they do on election day. I think that’s been because as a pretty middle class party, the Greens would be over represented in landline opinion polls, but this election I think their support base and networks have built incredibly strong currents in the under 40 demographic that will see them do better at the ballot box than they are doing in the polling.