In fact if you look at the fundamentals there is very little genuine political difference between National and Labour.
What we have now is more in the way of different political clans – held together by a sense of shared identity (often inherited) rather than by any coherent political core.
It is in that way that the Greens have become tied to Labour.
Not because our principles demand it but because of a sense of kinship.
Because if you look at the most fundamental Green concerns: climate change – protection of waterways – child poverty – growing inequality – protecting civil and human rights – t?ngata whenua rights – the last Labour government was barely more progressive than National.
In fact the main argument used against ever forming a coalition with National – that their economic agenda is fundamentally at odds with a Green agenda – applies just as strongly to Labour.