Ever since George Washington confessed to chopping down the cherry tree, his example has been taken to heart by every politician following in his wake.
The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Australian Democrats.
Traditionally Peters and his party are good finishers in election campaigns and yet this year they’re already enjoying a strong 11% showing.
While there will be a sigh of relief all around that the old Morris dancing/hemp smoking days have gone for good, it is not quite so evident what the current Greens stand for.
Labour and the Greens have made concessions intended to establish themselves as a credible alternative government, but they’ve made the concessions to the wrong people.
What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, “calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution.”
The Green Party moves to the political centre… and vice versa
Why is the government slowly turning down the heat on the home insulation scheme ?
MMP has flaws, but the alternatives to the current voting system are much worse