The Last Temptation of NZ First
So let's just think aloud for a moment or two shall we?
I think a New Left Party, in conjunction with the Maori Party and the Greens could force Labour to implement the kind of left wing agenda required to combat the worst recession since the Great Depression. I say force, because Labour would need to be forced into such an agenda. If we look over the past decade of Labour in power, they have done everything imaginable to stop an actual left wing agenda being adopted, so with that in mind, who would Labour turn to....
The Horizon Poll have conveniently provided the narrative in the form of NZ First. Could Winston, who was technically cleared of wrong doing in all three investigations into him and whom was set up like a dogs breakfast in 2008, make a come back? It's possible, and his message of economic sovereignty in a global recession is more prevalent now due to China than ever before (not to mention infinitely more attractive to donations from America).
Yes Winston was caught with his hand in the donation cookie jar but when you consider National own the anonymous donation kitchen, his crime seems hubris more than corrupt.
But what shade of grey would NZ First present? It simply couldn't involve Michael Laws, while desperate for Government, Labour Party voters would prefer to bulk fund teachers than elect a red neck like Laws, so NZ First would need a candidate list that leaned much, much, much further to the left.
However could left wing NZ First candidates implement left wing policy or be held hostage to Winston's ego?
At this point, the Greens and the Maori Party would need to ask themselves a question, would a Labour-NZ First combo give them the policy they so desperately want or would both be treated like the second class booty call they always get relegated to?
A New Left Party could give them the policy, the only question would be whether the voters of NZ would get the chance to decide or whether the behind the scenes power brokers will make the decision for them.