The haste of stitching together the MoU to stall the Identitarians and blue-green factions inside the Greens from moving to a neutrality stance at the last AGM aside, the Labour-Green Memorandum of Understanding changes everything in one simple move.
New Zealanders aren’t too bright, partly from the lack of quality information they get (Jane Bowron makes this point today – yet manages to miss the impact Waatea 5th Estate has had at 7pm) and partly because of a negative egalitarian culture that punishes anyone for thinking and standing out from the sheep. Most voters still can’t count and understand that the numbers in Parliament are actually far closer than they believe it to be.
The mainstream media, apart from colluding with hate speech merchants like Cameron Slater (until they were caught) and pimping for the interests of bankers, corporations, farmers and property speculators are the worst enemies of democracy in NZ because they never take the time to point out how close the MMP environment makes the election for National.
When TVNZ and TV3 do their latest Polls, they sell it as ‘Labour 30% and National at 47%. This constant advertising for National gives the impression that Key’s 4th term is assured. What the MoU does is force Paddy Gower and other mainstream media pimps to reflect the real Parliamentary equation, that combined, Labour-Greens are 42% and National 47%. That new perception changes everything. It forces the media to acknowledge the election is closer and it suddenly dawns on sleepy hobbits that actually Key isn’t untouchable.
It is this perception change in the way the media must now report the Polls and the way voters see the Polls that is the most immediate impact of this MoU.
When Labour-Greens roll out their joint policy platform alongside a list of electorates they will work together in, voters will see not only an alternative to Key, they will see a very clearly defined way of actually winning.
You can tell how frightened the establishment and National are by Greens-Labour combining based on how hysterical Paddy Gower and Matthew Hooton become, and based on their spittle flecked foam, the establishment is terribly fearful.