John Key has proved he can work with some unlikely coalition partners.
He’s managed to provide a strong and stable government with Act to the right or him and the Maori and United Parties to the left.
How would you rate Phil Goff’s chances of keeping together the stack of colation partners he’d have to appease?
They’re not even in negotiation yet and already the Maori Party is unenthusiastic about one of the other parties which would be in the stack. Deborah Coddington left this comment:
What newsrooms should really be asking the Greens is whether they can work with the Maori Party. I interviewed Tariana Turia today and asked her if she can work with the Greens and her response was astounding. I asked her if she trusted the Greens to return the conservation estate to tangata whenua and her response was an unequivocal, “I don’t believe they would”.
I asked her about the Greens’ policy to put a price on water for irrigation, and the tangata whenua’s very strong relationship with waters and rivers, and what she thought about who that money should be going to, under principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Her reply: “I’ve always been a bit suspicious of him [Russel Norman]…I don’t think they’re as honest as they make out to be.”
Someone, she said, should be putting these questions to the Greens before Saturday.
Someone should, but will they? See why do the Greens get such an easy ride? Part One for the answer.