The Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party did a lot more for the latter than the former.
The Greens had everything to gain at the cost of Labour which only lost.
Often it was less a MoU and more a MoM – memo of misunderstanding
Any pretence the agreement is worth anything is useless now when the Greens have done a u-turn and decided to stand candidates in Ohariu.
They might try to say it is to maximise the party vote, and that will be one motivation. But James Shaw’s refusal to endorse the Labour candidate makes it something more.
One poll shows it has less than 5% support and a couple of others show it above the threshold but at only half the level of support it had a few weeks ago. The Greens without the safety net of an electorate seat are now fighting for survival.
Taking votes, whether they be electorate or list, from Labour, in the process, won’t worry them.
On the AM Show* yesterday morning, host Duncan Garner gave Shaw several opportunities to endorse the Labour candidate and he refused to do so.
The winner in this is National’s candidate Brett Hudson who has worked as a list MP based in Ohariu for three years as a Green candidate will split the opposition vote.
The Green Party has a new candidate in Hutt South, after the previous one pulled out a few weeks ago. That is good news for National list MP Chris Bishop who seriously eroded the majority of Labour MP Trevor Mallard last election.
Mallard is standing list only and Bishop, who has had a deservedly high profile in the electorate in the last three years, was odds-on to take the seat against a newcomer. His chances are even better now the Green candidate will split the vote in this seat too.
All of this begs the question: if Labour and the Green Party can’t play nicely in opposition, what chance would they have of doing so in government?
* Newshub covers the interview here but makes no mention of Shaw’s repeated refusal to endorse the Labour candidate.