Undecided voters in the centre generally don’t like parties on the extremes of politics.
They don’t wholeheartedly support National or Labour but they prefer them to those at the more radical end of the political spectrum.
They are more likely to favour a stronger major party because of that, knowing that any of the wee parties which are needed to form a government will have a lot less leverage.
That’s one reason labour is struggling.
Some who might support it aren’t at all keen on the thought of the influence a Green Party with a third as many MPs as Labour would have.
Any flexing of muscles by the Greens might appeal to its supporters but it sends those to the right of the left and in the centre further right.
Russel Norman’s announcement he wants to be deputy Prime Minister will excite his party’s grass roots but it will scare a lot of undecided and swinging voters.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman wants to be deputy prime minister if Labour and Greens become government after this year’s election.
Any cabinet formed after the September election should be proportional, and the deputy prime minister role would certainly be on the table, Dr Norman told The Nation today.
“Obviously it depends on the size of the vote,” he said. . .
Keeping talking like that, Russel, it will hurt Labour and help National.
Does this ambition on Norman’s part expose the nonsense of co-leaders. After all, if he and Metiria Turei are truely equal as leaders, why would he be deputy PM ahead of her?