The ‘argument’ and I’m using that term very loosely, the ‘argument’ forwarded by the Greens and Labour (although you’ll have all noticed not so much from Labour anymore) about why the Greens and Labour fighting in a Mt Albert by-election was a good idea was because it would usher in a new age of respectful politics where Julie Anne Genter and Jacinda Arden would skip hand in hand into meetings and in between braiding each others hair and guitar sing alongs, would have a polite debate about the policy issues that show cases blah blah blah.
Some here at The Daily Blog have constructively suggested that’s crazy talk bullshit and that National can still direct their voting block to disrupt things and Gareth Morgan might still throw in his hat.
We’ve also pointed out that the fog of war in any election means the best laid plans mean nothing. We’ve also noted that Green Party activists tend to be as humourless in their politics as vegans and cross-fitters are about diet and exercise.
How the hell this is supposed to remain civil in the age of twitter wars and Facebook assaults is beyond us, and it’s especially confusing when Julie Anne Genter is actually doing the attacking.
Bewilderingly, here’s Julie Anne Genter putting the bash in Laila Harre’s recollection of how factions within the Greens leaked information to hurt Labour…
…but they will keep it all amazing and magical with unicorns during the actual by-election itself?
Genter’s own behaviour shows how impossible it will be to keep the activists from starting wars, and all of this in the 4 week news vacuum that is February.
All that will come out of this by-election is the impression that Labour and the Greens are fighting each other when they are supposed to be looking like a Government in waiting.
Labour and the Greens will launch a joint state of the nation address amidst private fury within Labour about how badly the Greens have played this Mt Albert by-election. It’s an attempt to rebuild the veneer of unity the Memorandum of Understanding was supposed to give them. Problem is it’s happening before 4 weeks of the by-election so any symbolism of unity will be worn thin.
All Labour can hope for now is that a) Gareth Morgan doesn’t stand and b) National don’t tell their voters to vote for Genter to hurt Labour.
This clusterfuck of stupidity on the Greens behalf in Mt Albert will see a Labour+NZ First Government and the Greens left outside the tent again with a supply and demand deal. This will become an obvious choke point once NZ First announce their next bottom line – that they won’t enter any Government that includes the Maori Party.