The Green Party has announced it won’t be contesting the Mt Roskill by-election, should there be one.
Not wasting time and resources on a contest they can’t win isn’t stupid but it shows up both the Greens and Labour as hypocrites.
Both have been highly critical of National for not trying to win Epsom and Ohariu to help Act’s and United Future’s candidates.
The hypocrisy is particularly bad for Labour’s candidate who stood in Epsom at the last election.
The Opposition’s hypocrisy over ‘dirty deals’ is brazen, says ACT Leader David Seymour as the Green Party confirms that they won’t stand a candidate in Mt Roskill as part of an arrangement with Labour.
“Michael Wood’s campaign in Mt Roskill is set to be a brazen display of hypocrisy,” says Mr Seymour. “Two years ago he was bemoaning John Key’s endorsement of a vote for me in Epsom as a ‘dodgy deal’. Now look at him.
“The Greens ought to be just as embarrassed, with Julie-Anne Genter having called John Key’s Epsom endorsement ‘undemocratic’. Clearly, this was nothing more than faux-outrage.
“Strategic voting is a reality of MMP, but hypocrisy is optional. Labour and the Greens have shown how cheap their words are by participating in a deal that far eclipses the electoral arrangements they criticise every election.”
Labour and the Greens claimed the principled high ground in their criticism of what they called ‘dirty deals’.
Neither can claim to be so principled and both are guilty of making the wrong choice when faced with otional hypocrisy.