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
Often it was less a MoU and more a MoM memo of
Any pretence the agreement is worth anything is useless now when
the Greens have done a u-turn and decided to stand candidates in
They might try to say it is to maximise the party vote, and that
will be one motivation. But James Shaws 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, wont 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 Nationals 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
All of this begs the question: if Labour and the Green Party
cant play nicely in opposition, what chance would they have of
doing so in government?
* Newshub covers the interview
here but makes no mention of Shaws repeated refusal to endorse
the Labour candidate.
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