adolph over at sir humphry has done a piece where he surmises on a possible political union between the nats and the maori party..
many would view his thoughts as heresy and in the realms of fantasy, but there are definite grains of truth in there, (esp in the efficient summary of clarks disdain toward maori over/around the foreshore issue, and his noting they will not forget this; shrek indeed!)..
and his main thesis of possible coalition between maori party and nats also bears scrutiny..(of course such a union would be purely for political expediancy on both parties part, we aren’t talking any intellectual/ideological epiphanies here)..
the maori party could well take the view that better to deal with an avowed/known enemy than with those who welcome you into their home, break promises, and then screw you over…
.it would/could all come down to the deal that was done/struck on the day, eh?
and i would further adolphs hypothesis and include the greens as possible coalition partners with national, or it’s ilk; (in the future, after this flirtation with the serial adulterer is over, and sullied bridesmaids have withdrawn to heal and re-group)
once again, speaking as a longterm committed self-avowed “deep” green, (as opposed to sausage bbq’ing/munching, lite-green), this would depend on the deal that could be done on the day….
it has often surprised/horrified me when people such as rod donald say they don’t want votes from national party people and would never countenance any political deal with anyone other than labour..
i mean, apart from being a negotiating tactic blinding in it’s stupidity..wtf has labour ever done to make the green leadership think anything other than helen is lining them up for a right rogering?….i mean, give me me a break here..
i actually pay more than lip service to the environmental mantra that these issues are neither left nor right, and do not hold the view that those who hold right views on other issues are necessarily environmentally suss…
it’s time the green party leadership woke up to the stark reality that they are operating in a political arena and are the political arm/representitives of all environmentalists..
how about acting like hard-edged political operators and screwing out the best deal for us?.. and the environment?..rather than just lining up to jump up onto helens lap..
(watch tariana for hints on how to position yourself for, and to then hammer out/do deals, post-election )…
the foregoing summarises why a political union of national/maori/green is, in my mind, not outside the realms of possibilty furher down the ttrack..
(this should be read in the context that i echo adolphs sentiments from the other end of the ideological spectrum in that i could no more vote national “than suck carbolic soap” )