by Jeanette Fitzsimons
[Jeanette is writing in response to Gordon's recent article in the Wellingtonian]
MMP is obviously rough on journalists who can’t conceive of anything other than a 2-party system. But the country has had MMP for 15 years now and it’s time to catch up.
I can’t imagine anyone is under any illusion, after our fight in the House over three days on the Auckland local government legislation, that anything has “eroded the Greens ability to credibly oppose the Key government on other issues”. It’s really quite a simple position, being independent – we will work with them where we can get gains that make NZers lives better, and oppose them vehemently when they are wrong.
Who will administer the insulation scheme? EECA of course. That’s what government departments and Crown agencies do. The policy decisions are already made and EECA is not unfamiliar with implementing Green imitiated programmes. There’s certainly no way our MOU makes us part of government – if we were we would be expecting a great deal more in return – but that doesn’t mean we can’t work with government on a few issues where we both want the same thing.
In the end, it’s about what’s good for people and the planet. If the Greens have an opportunity to halve child asthma, keep families warm and comfortable, improve energy security and reduce carbon emissions, we would not be doing our job if we didn’t take it.
If I sometimes swap veggies over the fence with my neighbour, it doesn’t mean I’m about to marry him.