I have been critical over the last 3 years at the total lack of strategic and tactical talent in the Green Party backroom and those 3 years of criticism have culminated in a deal so bad that the Greens ended up swallowing dead tofu rats for meaningless baubles in a deal with Labour that is as manipulative as Key’s deal with the Māori Party, in that it provides Jacinda with the same thing Key wanted, political camouflage.
This deal will gag the Greens and make them look complicit in Labour’s tepid progress. The Greens don’t look like members of a progressive Government, they look like collaborators for mediocrity.
But imagine for 30 seconds that the Greens had actually taken a different approach to the negotiations with Labour and had in fact made 3 demands and threatened to walk away and be a bitter critic of Labour’s timidness if Jacinda didn’t give them what they wanted.
Imagine the Greens were outside the tent right now and imagine the righteous fury they could generate attacking Labour over their support for property speculators and the inane spike in housing prices.
Imagine how powerful the Greens could be right now in that debate, how it would set them up for the next 3 years how they could honestly expect 20% at the next Election off the back of that opposition.
Instead we have the Māori Party at National’s table trying to tell everyone else how delicious the crumbs are.
Every critiscim the Greens throw at Labour is immediately followed by, ‘sure, but you signed up with Jacinda for some empty baubles, so shut the fuck up’.
I’m already regretting voting for the Greens again.
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