New Zealand – Labour and the Greens commit political HariKari, nail their flags to the Neoliberal flagpole. 

Middle and Lower income NZ betrayed and abandoned. Labour and Greens are no longer relevant in 2017 election.

My pick is there will be a massive swing to the Maori Party and NZ First. My votes will be going to The Opportunities Party, they are the only party making economic sense. 

Does New Zealand still have political parties on the left in parliamentary politics? No

Do the poor and working classes have anyone to vote for this year? No

These are some of the key questions being asked in the wake of the Labour-Green announcement that they will restrain themselves in government from any significant deviation from the economic status quo.

“The Greens have completely sold out on where they started from in my generation of MPs in 1999.

The new rules adopted by the left parties is a ‘totally business-friendly’ policy and will constrain them in being able to depart from the National Government’s main economic settings.

So what you see here is the Green Party deciding to go after votes on the centre and the right of the New Zealand political spectrum. It wants business in its corner. It wants your National blue-green voters in its corner. And completely abandoning the huge number of people who are in desperate need in the areas of housing, welfare, jobs, and education”.

It’s about political opportunism by the Greens, in order to get into government.

At what price power, if you sell out everything that your party was originally set out to achieve?

I mean, this Green Party here is following the same trail as green parties all over the world, some of who have ended up in coalitions and alliance with really rightwing governments.

Some Green Party supporters are going to end up like some of us already, who have no one to vote for this year. The Greens was perhaps the last hope. This is the death knell for the Greens as a left party in any way, shape or form. They are a party of capitalism. They’re a party that Business New Zealand now loves.” Sue Bradford

“We support higher levels of Government activity and investment than these rules permit. There is an urgent need. Many countries who are more successful than us socially and economically have much greater government activity. If an incoming Labour/Green Government is serious about fixing the problems we have in our education, health, housing and other public services, if it’s going to correct the imbalances we have in terms of pay equity, if we are going to really tackle income inequality and our environmental challenges together as a nation, then it will need to be prepared to invest significantly. That will test these rules as they stand.” Richard Wagstaff, CTU

“Who says voters won’t buy into tax increases on high incomes? I’m sad that our redeemers are capitulating to that rather than making the case for it. Elections are an opportunity to win support for ideas. Not just frame ideas around putative support.” Laila Harre

NZ Herald

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