Are the Greens looking at jumping into bed with the Nats? They have lost all principles since I was a member.
James Shaw throws Barry Coates under a bus for flawed Green Party strategy
13 July, 2017
Remarkable 24 hours in Green politics which has culminated in James Shaw throwing Barry Coates under a bus for flawed Green Party strategy.
If we were not part of the coalition, we would not accept a Labour-New Zealand First government and certainly not a National-New Zealand First government. Neither will be acceptable to the Greens. We want the Greens to be the beating heart of the next government and the strongest possible party vote for the Greens is the only solution.
In an extraordinary move, Mr Coates has said a Labour-NZ First Government would be “unacceptable” to the Greens.
Asked by Newshub if this meant forcing the country back to the polls for another election, Mr Coates responded: “It could do.”
Mr Coates also said Green MPs had discussed refusing to support a Labour-NZ First combination as a caucus in the past fortnight.
“[Labour-NZ First] could not count on the support of the Green Party there is no automatic support that is provided for a Government under those circumstances,” Mr Coates said.