In his latest blog post, former United Future leader Peter Dunne explains why a National/Greens coalition is just nonsensical.
Negotiating government formation arrangements is a serious business. It is not an occasion for settling old scores, satisfying particular fantasies, or tails wagging dogs. The starting point has to be a broad agreement that the parties in the negotiation have a similar view about the direction of travel. They may well disagree about priorities, or particular policies, but for the outcome to be sustainable, they have to at least agree they want to travel in the same direction. Governing arrangements thrown together on the convenience of numbers, but an absence of commitment on direction, are doomed to fail.
Peter’s point is clear: a coalition only of numbers just doesn’t work, and a coalition should agree on the general direction they think the country should go.
This is why a National/Greens coalition could never work. Both have railed against each other’s visions for the last decade. Both want to see radically different ways of running the country. There is no common vision, nor any common vision.
Yet, Peter Dunne raises the prospect of such a marriage all the same.
If they played their cards right our Greens could be in this position: most important party in the coalition negotiations, but they won't https://t.co/pftDE2R3kT
— Peter Dunne (@honpeterdunne) September 25, 2017