Shane Te Pou has written a very good column on Newsroom arguing for a Green revival.
As a lifelong Green voter, I am pleasantly surprised that the Greens have managed to hold on. It could still be close but the internal polls I’ve seen show the Greens in a good enough position to get back in.
The timid policy caution that hides behind Labour’s facade of Jacinda’s crisis leadership means the poorest and weakest amongst us will simply go backwards, the Green Policy platform provides the spark of radicalism that we desperately need.
If the Greens are returned and if Labour need them, the Greens must pause and reflect on what could be the most important moment in progressive politics.
I would advise in the strongest terms that the Greens outsource the negotiation process. I won’t list the many, many, many strategic failings of the Greens that have led them to barely getting back in, so let me kindly suggest that the Greens invite a negotiating team to represent them and report back negotiations.
I would advise you ask Sue Bradford and Nandor to be part of that team.
You need the best brains in that room negotiating, the outcome is too important for anything less than your best and if we were really honest, I think we would appreciate the last 3 years hasn’t been the Greens at their best.
A well known negotiating team who are trusted and respected would gain the most politically and begin building the far wider outreach within the left community a Green-Labour Government would quickly need to build as the Right go into meltdown.