First Goff, then Cunliffe and now Little Andrew, a lackey of the outdated Trade Union movement, have taken Labour left to the point where they are becoming indistinguishable from the Greens. The Greens are also home to ex TU types so the two parties share much in common. Both are now dominated by a philosophy of Cultural Marxism that makes them suitable partners, if anathema to the electorate.
There is no upside for Labour in this pact as Matthew Hooton points out in NBR
It licenses left-wing Labour voters to tick Green, drives centrist Labour voters to National, prevents centrist National voters from crossing over to Labour, sends a few Green-voting Remuera doctors’ wives back to National, yet solidifies the vast bulk of the Greens’ existing support by eliminating fears the Greens could coalesce with National. Labour is also now at risk of losing MPs from what could be called its Shane Jones faction to NZ First. The Greens can anticipate a net increase in their polling, as can National but the pact is all downside for Labour.
The only firm direction to come out of the Red/Green Alliance is to "consider ways that we can co-operate in the 2016 Local Government elections". That is pure Green policy. It is only in the heart of cities that the electorate vote Green. The Greens think they have sensed a power shift from national to local government as city states play an increasingly large role in national and global politics. They could be right. Auckland is a case in point.
Auckland Council is the Alliance in action. It is run by the appropriately named Brown (mix red and green and you get brown) and his Green cohort Hulse. It has become a thorn in the side of the National government because it pursues policies that are not in the nation’s, nor some would argue the city’s, interest. By restricting land supply the Red/Green Auckland Council is causing runaway house prices that are, in turn, de-stabilising the government’s growth strategy.
The downside for the Red/Green Alliance is that the electorate around the country knows that, after six years of Alliance control, Auckland has been left as one big, brown, muddy, murky mess.
Meanwhile, Winnie sits on the sidelines and scoffs his watermelon replete in the knowledge that disaffected voters of any hue want to join him for the feast.