Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger nails it:
He said the Greens might be quietly reflecting on whether they should only link themselves to left-wing politics.
“The environment is neither left wing or right wing, frankly. The environment is the environment, it’s Mother Earth we’re talking about.” . .
If the Greens weren’t really reds they would be in a much stronger position than they are now.
They could sit in the middle, as the Maori Party did, able to go left or right.
It would be they, not New Zealand First, that would be being courted by the major parties.
The Green Party’s environmental policies were lost in the controversy over its radical left-wing social policy regarding welfare. It was delivered by Metiria Turei who lost her co-leadership and ultimately her seat because of it.
The environment isn’t partisan. A party which recognised that would be far more attractive to voters and in a much stronger position than the red Greens are.