NZPA have a story up on the Herald site about the Labour’s parties latest exercise in electoral suicide, their Emissions Trading Scheme. It has emerged from select committee with more than 1000 amendments. Labour’s strategists now have two options:
- Rush the hastily amended, highly complex legislation into law by buying off the Greens and Winston Peters, paying a high political price now and ensuring at least six months of dire headlines as horrible mistakes and unintended consequences in the law are bought to light repeatedly embarrassing the government right in the middle of an election campaign they’re already losing.
- Admit the bill is dead and face a couple of days bad news focusing on the failure (which you can mostly blame on National).
Scenarios like this are when Clark’s ultra-competitive personality undermine her own self-interest and that of her party – she’ll press for a parliamentary victory even if it is spectacularly pyrrhic one.