In a comment at The Standard ex MP and ex David Shearer’s office Stuart Nash says that “I think a number of the Green’s ideas are nutty and others just plain impracticable, and they need to be held to account along with all parties vying for labour’s votes and voters”.
I think a lot of people would agree with that.
Nash was responding on Hatin’ on the left to ‘blue leopard’, who said:
If the Labour caucus started paying more attention to their duty as an opposition party ~that is, critiquing the current government~ and resolved to resist the clearly terrific temptation of attacking themselves or their nearest and dearest, then you might find your wish is granted and more praise and less criticism would be forthcoming. This really is a case of a very simple cause and effect relationship.
How about it?
You know what, I actually agree. I have been critical of the job Labour has been doing in its role of holding the government to account, and I believe they need to be far more effective. Chippie has been doing a great job recently with education, and now we need others to follow Chippie’s lead and go hard against the govt in a whole lot of areas.
As for talking to people in my area: that’s what I do (in fact too much – have a real passion for building a better NZ but it doesn’t pay the mortgage) and I very much know what the issues are that good hard working NZers find important.
But I suppose if you think the Labour caucus is failing the cause, then sites like this really need to pick up the batan and go very hard (and I acknowledge that this is often the case), but hard against the govt.!
One thing I would say is that the Greens are endlessly bashing Labour, and they have publicly acknowledged that their votes predominately come from traditionally Labour voters. Yes, they are likely to be Labour’s coalition partner in a 2014 government, however, that doesn’t mean we let them have a free ride at Labour’s expense.
Personally, I think a number of the Green’s ideas are nutty and others just plain impracticable, and they need to be held to account along with all parties vying for labour’s votes and voters.
Contesting policy ideas and holding to account other parties is healthy politics – if it is done with reasonable robustness.
Similar contests happen within parties but that is usually done in private. Competing parties have to be seen to be different, hence a degree of debate has to happen in public. Effectiveness will depend on how it is done.