You have to feel a bit sorry for the Greens. Because of Labour’s electoral weakness they will, once again, find themselves with a very weak post-election hand to negotiate with. And they’re in danger of being outmanoeuvred in the lead up to post-election coalition negotiations. While there’s still a decent chance of a change of government, the new government might not actually involve the Green Party.
The Greens are now playing the same game as Winston Peters – one where they refuse to give any real insight into how the party will use their votes in Parliament after the election. They simply won’t say or commit to any particular type of government. Of course, they speak about their preferences, but are reluctant to be clearer about what a vote for the Greens would mean.