Wee parties generally do worse after they’ve been in coalition with a bigger one here, but in Australia the Green Party has tainted Labor.
An alliance with the Greens could be fatal for the already-struggling Labour Party, a leading Australian commentator warns.
The Australian’s chief opinion editor Nick Cater, who visited New Zealand this week to promote his book The Lucky Culture, warns an alliance with the Greens has been disastrous for Australia’s Labor Party, as socially-conservative middle and working class voters have abandoned their traditional support.
Of the Greens, he says: “They are absolutists and are rigid about man’s role in the environment and on earning a living.” . . *
Labour will almost certainly need Green Party support in some form, whether it’s as a coalition partner or just an agreement on confidence and supply, if it’s to form a government.
The bigger party is doing its best to sabotage itself with its internal woes and it’s being further undermined by its potential partner.
The radical left agenda of the Greens scares many moderate voters.
Labour couldn’t govern without them but fear of what would happen if it tried to govern with them is scaring voters who think rightly think Green + red would be a poisonous mix.
* Today’s NBR print edition has more on this.