15.5% Green in a new poll ??? Let’s discuss how they take advantage of this

The latest Roy Morgan poll suggests the Greens have reached 15.5%.

I say.

How is it possible?

Part of me wants to believe it because I vote green and it would be nice not to be a loser once, but the other part of me lives in the real world where any association with greens tends to be toxic.

The thing that backs a 15.5% poll is that Roy Morgan was the closest polling day to predicting this election and they were one of the few polls to see an increase in Green support.

So, are the Greens really at 15.5%?

If this rise occurs, it will be because the Greens have been invisible lately and have gone into stealth mode.

The alienating middle class that woke up the bullshit with which it poisoned the political spectrum is gone and it doesn’t say or do anything.

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It’s called “Morganing Up”:

It’s Gucci Darling

‘Morganize’: Where a former social media activist goes from woke drama queen to respectable British Liberal newspaper columnist in a bid to appear more mainstream and less alienating in election year.

This new policy of simply keeping quiet until the election is pushing disgruntled Labor voters towards the Greens without realizing how hopelessly alienating the Greens are.

This cloak of invisibility also hides James Shaws and Marama’s failures on climate change and homelessness.

Let’s set aside the possibility of NZ First ruining any Greens advance and just focus on the ability of the Greens to actually deliver transformative change to any eventual Labour-led government after the election.

The Greens lack the strategic and tactical skills to force a negotiation with Labour. Their 2020 pitch was Marama and James entering a meeting with Jacinda with Marama having a sheet of paper with the question, “why not?” above.

I’m not kidding, they literally got down on their knees and begged “why not” as a bargaining tactic. It earned the Greens two ministerial trinkets where they couldn’t really do much.

I argued they should have stayed out of government and pressured Labor that way, but the Greens have taken the ministerial trinkets and have little to show for their 3 magic beans.

If the Greens can really beef up Labour, do they have the strategic brains to maximize that leverage?

I think we can all look to the shadow coup staged this year after Matthew Hooton incited disgruntled activists to get rid of James Shaw with no follow up plan as an example that the Greens are still Connect 4 players trying to play In chess.

The electorate is unhappy with Labour’s complete lack of delivery, the Greens must appeal to that electorate by constantly referring to the ‘first 100 days’ when a stack of progressive policies will be rammed through Parliament to take effect most quickly possible for people.

Jacinda may be nice and she may really want transformative change, but if you don’t come to Wellington with a clear plan on how to force the bureaucracy to implement your manifesto, then transformative change becomes a virtuous signal of aspiration rather than an actual policy. .

Kindness becomes a Neo-Kindness that hurts rather than inspires.

The Greens must avoid this by telling voters clearly now what they will force Labor to pass in the first 100 days so Wellington’s bureaucracy can be thwarted. Unfortunately, the Greens are socially connected to Wellington’s bureaucracy and have all the attacking ability of a slow-growing foam.

The Last Chance for Left-Progressive Politics is a list of basic laws from the first 100 days to force Labor to be more Bernie Sanders than the cautious Grant and Jacinda are confident they are trying.

Here’s what a Labour/Green government should commit to in the first 100 days of the 2023 election…

1: Give every child in New Zealand a free, nutritious and healthy breakfast and lunch at every school using local produce and school gardens with paid parents to help out. The slow incrementalism touted by Max Rashbrooke, a favorite apologist for public sector foot-pickers, is not enough as the lower middle classes feel the same pinch from rising mortgages and universal school lunches and breakfasts would help them also.

2: 50,000 State Homes for life built using the best standards of environmental and social architecture using the Public Works Act to seize land and immediately begin building satellite towns using improved transit hubs more tenants’ rights – (freezing rents, ending housing payments, long-term rental contracts)

3: Free public transport and extensive infrastructure upgrades for the climate crisis.

4: 30% of shareholders in a new government-backed supermarket operation to provide lower food prices for Kiwism better prices for supplies and better conditions for workers.

5: GST on fresh fruits and vegetables and essentials like tampons, toilet paper, condoms, oral health, plus a tax on sugar.

6: Free dental services for all thanks to public health.

7. First $10,000 excluding taxes

8: Windfall profit Taxation focused on companies and banks while introducing a tax on financial transactions

9: Provide nurses, teachers, and doctors with free education and living allowances in exchange for time of service in our health and education systems.

10: Properly funded public broadcasting with TVNZ ad-free and merged with RNZ alongside properly funded journalism via NZ on Air with more money for arts and sciences. If you can’t have good public journalism, right-wing media will destroy these other 9 breakthroughs.

…Kiwis need to see a progressive government REALLY do shit in the first 100 days or they won’t believe change is coming and when you consider the economic maelstrom we are entering the most vulnerable among us will be crying out for a real change.

If we on the left fail to offer voters real solutions to their material problems and instead prefer to police microaggressions the latest middle-class signals of virtue of hate speech, militant pronoun demands and shouting that everyone is racist, we are politically screwed in 2023.

We need more real economic solutions on the left and much less pronoun policing.

We need to be nicer to individuals and crueler to corporations.

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