It’s October 18th.
Labour have been swept to a historic and unprecedented under MMP, majority Government.
IF the Greens are returned and we get a surprise on the night with the Māori Party winning an electorate seat and pulling in one off the party list, what should the Greens and Māori Party do with a Labour Party that doesn’t need them?
The first thing they should do is contact each other and put forward a joint Māori Party/Green Party negotiating team that has a list of demands that the Greens and Māori Party want in a first 100 days time line.
Labour could say, ‘we are the majority, why do we need this’, and the comeback of course would be, ‘Sure, but this is the price of keeping us inside the tent because if you don’t agree it is open warfare between now and 2023.”
The only thing Labour fears is a ruthless and never ending attack from the Left that exposes all the caution and meaningless gesture symbolism of their Government.
Even if Labour does win a majority and the Greens and Māori Party get in, they still have leverage to negotiate if they play smart.
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