May 31, 2016
Notes on the Red-Green Wedding
- Or maybe not. I dunno. I do believe that the big mistake the opposition parties made in 2014 was to talk about things that a handful of activists and political nerds (like me) cared about, and not things that might have persuaded voters to vote for them like, say, what a credible alternative government might look like. So this feels like a big step in the right direction.
- The obvious historic parallel here is Clark speaking at the ’99 Alliance conference. But contemporary opposition politics are complicated by the fact that Winston Peters was part of the National government back then, and now he’s also in the opposition but could easily be part of either a future National or a future Labour government. Which has constrained Labour until now, I think. But I suspect they’ve calculated that the cost of not looking like a credible alternative to National is greater than the cost of not placating Peters. I guess we’ll see if they’re right.
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