Today Andrew Little and Metiria Turei gave a joint Labour-Green ‘State of the Nation’.
I’ve been away and haven’t heard or seen anything about it so for now I’ll rely on RNZ: Labour, Greens deliver joint State of the Nation speech
In a symbolic move, Labour and the Greens have launched their election year campaigns with their first joint State of the Nation event in Auckland.
The speeches, delivered by the Labour leader Andrew Little and the Greens co-leader Metiria Turei contained no new policy, but send a clear message to voters the two parties will work closely this year.
We have already had the signal that they will work closely this year, up until the election.
No new policy is odd.
Both emphasised the “shared values” of the two parties, while launching an attack on the National-led government and new Prime Minister Bill English.
Mr Little laid out his party’s campaign priorities of jobs, affordable housing and a better standard of living.
Mr Little criticised Mr English, calling him a “competent bean counter” and saying since taking office he had “failed the first tests of leadership” by refusing to commit to fighting harder to reduce poverty, or solve the housing crisis.
He said Mr English should front up in Waitangi next weekend, and that he should have sacked his friend and Cabinet colleague in last year’s reshuffle.
Not sure that going negative on English is a smart move, bashing Key for a decade didn’t seem to work very well.
Ms Turei acknowledged the former party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons for her environmental campaigns and the battles of the late Helen Kelly for employee rights.
That doesn’t have much to do with this year’s election.
She talked about the walk out in Parliament last year by female Green and Labour MPs in response to accusations by then-Prime Minister Jon Key that opposition MPs were “backing the rapists” during a debate over New Zealanders held in detention in Australia.
“That was a moment when our parties stood together and stood up for our values.
“I don’t need to ask the values of the people here. Or to look up feminism in the dictionary, unlike Bill English.
Speaking to an audience who already support her by the sound of that. I don’t think it’s attractive to a wider audience.
I can’t find Little’s speech on the Labour website or on their Facebook yet, but The Standard has the transcript: Andrew Little – State of the Nation speech
Turei’s speech transcript is here and The Standard are discussing it : Labour Greens joint State of the Nation livestream and discussion
Quite a bit of trouble with the streaming apparently.
NZ Herald: Highlights: Little and Turei’s big speeches