Does Cunliffe prefer NZ First to Greens

Green Party co-leader Russel Norman was de facto leader of the opposition while David Shearer led Labour.

Under David Cunliffe the party is lurching to the left, crowding the Greens and leaving them with less of that political oxygen which comes from media exposure.

Trans Tasman makes an interesting observation about this:

There also seems to be a closer rapport between Labour under Cunliffe with NZ First’s
Winston Peters.
This suggests Cunliffe wants to follow Helen Clark’s tactics, when he gets the chance of forming a Govt, of embracing NZ First, and leaving the radical Greens with little choice except to back him from the sidelines. The difficulty with this is Labour’s own policy of raising the age of eligibility for NZ superannuation from 65 to 67. A bottom line for NZ First is no tampering with the age of eligibility for superannuation.
That’s a policy a lot of Labour supporters won’t be happy with either so it wouldn’t be too big a dead rat for Cunliffe to swallow in coalition negotiations if it meant he could leave the Greens out of a coalition.
That would of course depend on Labour being in the position to form a government and the easiest way to prevent that is to keep National in power.

3 Responses to Does Cunliffe prefer NZ First to Greens

  1. robertguyton says:

    Trans Tasman!
    All I needed to know.


  2. Armchair Critic says:

    There’s a lot of water to pass under the bridge. National’s popularity is near the point where they won’t get enough seats to form a government with NZ First after the next election, and it’s still dropping. In that situation I’m sure you’d argue that the potential partner with the highest vote would have the mandate. That’ll be the Greens.


  3. robertguyton says:

    David Carter’s doing a good deal to ruin the National Party’s chances with his idiotic behaviour as Speaker. Yesterday’s numbskull action in ejecting Metiria Turei from the House for reasons that can’t be known, is a perfect example of the kind of bullying people now associate with the present Government.


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