The Green Party continues to isolate itself on the left of the political spectrum:
. . . Since the election, several high profile commentators – including the businessman, Gareth Morgan – have suggested the Greens ditch some of their left-leaning policies. . .
Radio New Zealand invited Mr Morgan to take part in a discussion panel along with the Greens’ co-leader Metiria Turei and her predecessor Jeanette Fitzsimons.
Mr Morgan argued that the Green Party’s stance means they could only ever go into Government with Labour.
“I want to see the environment represented inside the tent. I don’t want the environment to have about a 50 percent chance of being in power.”
The environment is represented in the current government. The BlueGreens are a strong group within the National Party and caucus.
He said many middle-of-the-road voters cared about the environment but won’t vote for the Green Party because of its more left-wing policies.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says that approach would cost them a significant amount of support.
The failure to moderate the party’s radical left social and economic agenda is costing it support.
The Green Party was one of the losers in last year’s election.
With Labour doing so badly it ought to have picked up support but it didn’t. If it can’t increase it’s vote when Labour is at its nadir then it will have a great deal of difficulty doing it as Labour’s support improves.
“You cannot just isolate one aspect as a silo and expect that that will have an influence across the whole of the programme.”
She said the party’s economic, social, and environmental policies are all interconnected.
“We simply will not and cannot … give up on our value set that recognises ecological wisdom, social justice, and the economy as an opportunity and a tool for improving on both.” . .
The environment, economy and social issues are inter-related but none of them are the preserve of the left.
National has followed a moderate path which has helped foster economic growth and improved social outcomes as well as introducing policies to protect and enhance the environment.
The hard left-wing environmental, economic and social policies the Greens favour are expensive and impractical.
By hampering growth and entrenching dependence they would create more problems than they solve and reduce the ability to afford better environmental protection and enhancement.