Why MANA is the Greens best friend
When I first argued for a party to the left of the Greens in the form of MANA, it was because it was the only way I could see the Parliamentary math changing in a way that would bring about the kind of genuine change that could lift those on the bottom of society out of poverty.
I also believed it was the only way to bring about real environmental change and I think that MANA is the best friend the Green could strategically hope for if the Greens are serious about being in an effective Government post 2014.
When you look at the history of the Greens in Parliament, it is a sorry tale of frustration and betrayal, mainly at the hands of Labour. No one has blunted Green aspiration with the passion of book burners at a library bonfire than Labour.
During the 3 term reign of Labour (in what I like to refer to as the lost decade) Labour used United, the Progressives and NZ First as excuses to deny any real power to the Greens and as they gear up for a real tilt at Government, the Greens must realize that they may get played by the exact same tactics Labour have used in the past.
That's why MANA is the difference. Labour plus Greens will not be enough to take the Treasury benches, and if Labour can bring United Future or NZ First into the mix, the Greens can forget any meaningful implementation of policy. This would be crippling to their activist base whose expectations will be sub orbital should the Greens enter a Government, having MANA step in and provide the extra numbers to tilt the Greens and Labour into the Parliamentary majority however would create a truly unique left wing political platform unseen in NZs electoral history.
The mainstream TV News media are increasingly referring to the 'left block' of Labour + Greens + MANA when they do the Parliamentary math during the polls, it is time to start thinking more strategically along those lines if the left are to beat a National Government.
The Greens need better friends than the Labour Party or they risk once again being relegated to little sister status by a Labour Party who will revert back to the same only-child-who-won't-share syndrome they've exhibited their entire political existence.