A racist at my table
This from Stacy Kirk today on the conversation between Labour & the Greens if the Greens force NZ First into the arms of National are insightful…
When leader Andrew Little and deputy Jacinda Ardern are sitting across the table from Turei and Shaw, saying “are you happy now?”
“Are you happy that National is back in power, because you refused to cooperate?
“Are you happy that inequality will worsen, that families will continue to struggle and that well spend another three years heckling on the Opposition benches because you couldn’t play ball with Winston?”
If the worst for them eventuates, then at the very least the Greens can say “we still have our dignity – what did you expect”?
…except the electorate won’t see it that way.
Those who are suffering from National will be incandescent with rage that the Greens have effectively handed the country back to the Nats for another 3 years, and they will become the hate target of those people for the next 3 years.
The Greens are burning bridges they’ll never be able to rebuild.
The Daily Blog has been pointing out for months and months that the most likely change of Government will be a Labour-NZ First minority Government with some cabinet positions given to the Greens for supply and confidence.
It’s great that everyone else seems to have suddenly learnt to count.
Greens + Labour won’t = 51%.
But Labour + NZ First + Greens will be greater than 51%.
So Labour needs NZ First, and Winston will give Greens some Cabinet positions but nothing else, (especially as the National voting provincial vote he’s trying to woo see the Greens as culturally alienating).
The Greens have responded to this by calling all middle class woke Twitter activists to rise up and destroy the racist Winston.
I said that one of the most difficult parts of the election for the Greens would be to keep their middle class woke Twitter activists from tearing potential allies to pieces as NZ First whistled up the rhetoric, rather than attempting to manage that process, the Greens have given the go ahead for all out war.
All week social media feeds have been filled with a hundred different fights between Green and NZ First supporters, as things get hotter during the campaign, those social media fights will become very vicious.
The Opposition are going to end up hating their allies more than the actual enemy.
Peters wants to be Prime Minister. While the Labour Party is weak, he knows he can extract a lot but not that. The Greens attack on him as racist however gives him the extra leverage to force the issue now and if the Greens don’t comply and allow him to be PM to oust National then the imaginary conversation between Labour and the Greens above becomes a reality the Greens will never be able to live down.
If the Greens don’t agree to Winston as PM and he goes to National, every criticism of the National Government out of the mouths of the Greens over the next 3 years will be rammed back down their throats for enabling the Government in the first place.
I don’t think this is going to end well.