Winston has far more to lose from an early election and government instability than the Greens.
Easy, early, popular issue on which to show they are not to be taken for granted. when they do stand up to Winston, it will be on a narrow greenie or foreign policy issue that pleases only their activists.
27 July 2018
What price a principle? Coalition politics is about prizes and prices. One of Winston Peters’ prizes for making Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister is support for the Waka Jumping Bill but without Green Party votes the numbers are not there for the bill to pass. This week, despite warnings by Green Party royalty, the party has decided to support Winston Peters undemocratic measure to control a party’s MPs.
The thing I admired about the Green party, despite frequently disagreeing on particular issues, is that they have always stood by their principles – until this week. There is no way Jeanette Fitzsimmons, Rod Donald, Sue Bradford, Keith Locke, Russel Norman, Kennedy Graham or Sue Kedgley would ever have supported the Waka Jumping Bill.
The Bill is a coalition deal between NZ First and Labour. It was a bottom line for Winston Peters who has been burnt in…
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