I think there needs to be a very clear understanding about the 2017 election for progressive voters.
You can either have a change of Government or a changed Government – you can’t have both.
If the goal is to vote the National Party out of power, then it’s just a change of Government you are after.
If you want a changed Government that puts people before profits and has the courage to make the radical changes inequality, climate change and a dramatically changing labour force requires then you want a changed Government.
Here are your options NZ
OPTION 1: Labour + Greens = 51% – This is not going to happen.
OPTION 2: Labour + Greens + Maori Party/MANA Movement = 51% – This would be the most progressive policy platform possible, a changed Government.
OPTION 3: Labour + NZ First + supply and demand from Greens = 51% – This would be a change of Government with all the hollowness that phrase entails.
OPTION 4: National + NZ First = 51% – this would be the same Government but with extra spending for Winston’s pet projects.
As activists and people with a genuine concern in social justice we need to decide by the 2017 election which option is most likely and which option can be worked towards.
NOTE: I haven’t included TOP yet – if Gareth Morgan runs in Mt Albert by-election he has a chance to change everything, if he doesn’t run he won’t break 5% threshold in September.