The issue with the Labour Green announcement was the lack of sizzle, or for that matter sausage. The line being floated that it won’t ultimately work because NZers some how can’t understand it however is a bit silly and desperate.
If NZers can be enthralled with the Game of Thrones and understand the machinations of the political forces of Westeros then they’ll comprehend Labour and Greens working together.
If Labour and the Greens can actually stand aside in certain electorates and pick up a few more party votes they do have a shot, unfortunately this latest clumsy fumble of a gesture lines up with other recent clumsy fumbles…
- Andrew Little’s choice of over crowded state house turned out to be the wrong state house.
- James Shaw’s clumsy fumble on Radio NZ pledging support for National after coming out for Labour.
- Labour’s hype over free education that wasn’t really free.
- James Shaw’s stuck in the headlights media performances.
- Labour’s swing and a miss over donations and hotels.
- Greens costly support of Red Peak that went no where.
- Labour’s confused position on TPPA with Phil Goff being allowed to vote for it.
- Greens quickly forgotten state of the nation wonk unit that would wonk on the political promises of Political Parties. Wonk. Wonk. Wonk.
…so lot’s of clumsy slips that don’t imbue trust.
They should have a list of electorates they will work together in and they should have at least a 3 policy platform to fight on.
By not having either of these, Labour and the Greens look indecisive and lacking in ideas.
A united Left terrifies the Right and its media mouthpieces, hence the roar from the pundits, but a lack of imagination in the execution of this civil union hasn’t helped the Labour Green case.