You lost me at;
"This is one of those occasions where the distinction between the House of Representatives and the Parliament of New Zealand matters, "
Who knew they weren't the same thing. Not me.
Ok: Hearing is not a privilege. It's an unearned advantage conferred by nature.
As a young child I learnt that privileges are earned. I must have been a very good boy cos I'm hearing privileged, sight privileged, height privileged, blonde privileged, colour privileged, gender privileged, race privileged and privilege privileged.
Well done me.
Your polling figures declaring that the left is finally on the rise could be taken from anytime with in the last 10 years. Ten years when National have relentlessly thumped the left. I don't think National will be panicking just yet.
Plus the MOU isn't worth the paper its printed on given that Winston can break it in half with his little finger.
Wouldn't it be better to merge the brands completely? Then voters would know real change was in the air and that no matter how the votes turned out LabGreen was a solid brand not a union of possible convenience. I also think it would clarify what Labour stands for.