The negative campaign by National and the way the mainstream media allowed it to play out has had an impact on tonights final result.
However. After specials, Labour + NZ First + Greens can be the majority.
I think the only way this works is with careful thought.
Negotiating a Government requires extreme skill and the way you start will be the way you run.
The Team & Tactics:
Labour needs to understand its relationship with NZ First and the Greens as 2 unique relationships that require significantly different efforts.
With NZ First, the personal relationship with Winston requires something genuine. Labour’s negotiating team needs to be made up of Jacinda, Strategic Advisor Mike Munrow, Chief of Staff Neal Jones and most importantly, Maori Caucus representative, Willie Jackson.
Jackson as Maori Electorate Campaign boss has brought home all the Maori electorates and increased Party vote dramatically and Jackson has the personal relationship with Winston that Winston trusts and needs if the relationship between Labour and NZ First is to succeed.
This personal bond matters because NZ First are going to have to acknowledge that they can’t lock the Greens out of power and facilitating that kind of compromise requires the trust of friendship.
National on the other hand don’t have anyone that Winston likes. Or respects.
Labour should offer Winston Treasurer so that the big ideas like investing the Super fund into infrastructure can be implemented.
The relationship with the Greens is more complex. Labour need a lot of Green Policy wins to ensure its poverty stricken base who will have just elected them reap some immediate rewards. Sure Labour Policy is great for middle class children, but Green Policy is what will actually put money back into beneficiaries pockets and end the toxic culture of MSD.
Jacinda’s declaration that climate change is our generations nuclear free requires and needs Green policy, so Greens need to be in Cabinet if that declaration is to mean anything.
Inclusivity! Inclusivity! Inclusivity! Jacinda is a team builder, her instincts are to bring together and make authoritative decisions based on knowing the strength of voices and opinion that diversity creates. They should aim for a trim Cabinet to avoid attacks by the Right that they are over bloated, but have lots of Ministers outside of Cabinet to create that reach and inclusivity.
A one page memorandum of understanding that encapsulates the consultative and inclusive nature of this new Labour led Government.