Green Party co-leader, Russel Norman, has been very keen to be Finance Minister and just this week he was also suggesting that he and the party’s other co-leader could share the position of Deputy Prime Minister.
But now he’s saying policy gains are more important than positions.
“What we really want most of all are policy gains – that’s why we got into the business,” says Dr Norman.
“We want a smarter, greener, more compassionate New Zealand, and a smarter, greener, more compassionate government. If we can get those policy gains, that’s the key thing for us.”
But he concedes that those gains will be easier to come by if they can get their MPs appointed to high-ranking positions, such as Minister of Finance or even Deputy Prime Minister.
“Having ministerial positions gives you influence and the ability to get the policy changes that you want, so they’re both on the table,” says Dr Norman. . .
This is the beginning of the Green retreat.
The party has made hay while Labour’s been in the shadows under David Shearer.
But whichever of the three amigos, David Cunliffe, Shane Jones or Grant Robertson, wins the leadership selection, he will be stronger, more articulate and determined to win back the party’s left flank.
The biggest loser from that will be the Green Party and this softening stance from Norman suggests he knows it.