Twist my arm, why don't you. Ow!Gordon Bennett wrote:I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again, in New Zealand there is great value in there being an environmental voice in Parliament. Currently, only the Greens offer that and they do have some pretty sound politicians. I've was disappointed with what they achieved in the first two years of this government, but they've managed to get some decent policy wins in the last 12 months. I'd vastly prefer it if they could work with National as well as Labour as I think they would take the edges off the National policy that I really abhor. As things stand, I'm veering towards party voting Green as they'll take some of the edges off the Labour policy and add a bit more of an actual 'Green' to the parliament whilst being in coalition will mean that they'll have to compromise on their left-wing economic policy.Dark wrote:Geezes I hope notEugenius wrote:I’m hoping that Jacinda includes the Greens even if not strictly necessary for the numbers .
There’s some talent there and they will counter what’s left of the soft neo-liberals that remain in the party . The most progressive government possible is a Red / Green coalition of sorts .
Here's a question - which Politicians would people love to see the back of? A lot of people have mentioned Winston and Shane Jones. On the other hand Tracey Martin seems to have been a pretty reasonable centrist politician (someone please point me to evidence to the contrary, as I'll confess I haven't dug into it much). My most disliked politician is Nick Smith. Doesn't have any redeeming features other than having stood up to the anti-1080 lobby. Maureen Pugh is a disgraceful science-denier (anti-vax, doesn't believe in anthropogenic climate change) too, so I'd love to see the back of her. Sadly and unbelievably, Judith Collins has promoted her way up the list. What's the inside scoop on Nick Smith and Maureen Pugh (other than Simon Bridges' thoughts), GON?
Also, wondering if any of the Wellington crowd might be keen for an election night cabal? Drinks as the results flow in or something.
A bit of speculation on my part, but on the likes of Pugh, there has been a trend, and IMO a worrying one, of these sorts inveigling their way into a local body and national politics. Most of them appear to align with or use the National Party ticket, though not exclusively so. I think they regard National as a convenient vehicle, rather than necessarily being National people.