Workable Governments

Which of the following is workable?
Green indicates clearly workable, Orange indicates maybe and Red indicates unworkable (traffic lights, nothing to do with the parties). I'm only going to do three parties per government as a maximum and assume that Labour and/or National will be in government. I'm also ignore the Progressives as they are pretty much Labour now.

Labour only (majority)
Labour only (minority)

Labour - National
Labour - National - ACT
Labour - National - NZ First
Labour - National - United Future
Labour - National - Greens
Labour - National - Maori Party


Labour - Greens
Labour - Greens - Maori Party
Labour - Greens - United Future
Labour - Greens - NZ First
Labour - Greens - ACT

Labour - NZ First
Labour - NZ First - United Future
Labour - NZ First - ACT
Labour - NZ First - Maori Party

Labour - United Future

Labour - United Future - ACT
Labour - United Future - Maori Party

Labour - Maori Party
Labour - Maori Party - ACT

Labour - ACT


National only (majority)
National only (minority)

National - ACT
National - ACT - NZ First
National - ACT - United Future
National - ACT - Greens
National - ACT - Maori Party

National - NZ First
National - NZ First - United Future
National - NZ First - Greens
National - NZ First - Maori Party

National - United Future
National - United Future - Greens
National - United Future - Maori Party

National - Green
National - Green - Maori Party

National - Maori Party


So, I hope this helps in sorting out tactical voting patterns. The chances of each government actually occuring lie in the hands of the electorate. I think everyone agrees that a stable government is a good thing, so voting for parties with lots of green may help that.


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Blogger Commie Mutant Traitor at 28/6/05 4:00 PM said

Why is Labour - National in red? Sure, they make a lot of noise about being hating each other, but are the real differences in policy *that* big? Compared to between other parties? For example, Labour is offering minor tax cuts all round in a couple of years, while National is offering only slightly bigger cuts all round only slightly faster. Surely a compromise can be reached there? In contrast, the Greens and the Alliance want to eliminate income tax altogether for the first few thousand, and raise other taxes/rates to compensate, yet they're seen as natural allies for Labour. ACT want to drastically slash income tax, yet they're seen as a better match for National than Labour is.    



Blogger Phantasmagoric Political Junkie at 29/6/05 10:45 AM said

Well, while they may have some areas in which they don't debate, it would be politically hard. Who would be PM? Brash or Clark?
What of areas in which they have some major clashes over such as welfare?
The voting public really would not satisfied with that outcome.    



Blogger Commie Mutant Traitor at 29/6/05 3:20 PM said

The PM would depend on which party got the most votes, just as in any other coalition. Yes, there are differences on welfare, but again not fundamental differences, and smaller differences than between other parties. National talks about cracking down on bludgers, but I doubt they really expect to be able to save much money there. It's more about using the idea of bludgers to rouse anti-Labour sentiment than a serious disagreement of principle. National's own website has a graph showing that total numbers on benefits have been going down steadily since Labour came to power (http://www.welfarethatworks.co.nz/The_Welfare_Problem.htm). They know there isn't any welfare problem, and are simply misusing statistics to attract votes.

Ideally, they should merge in to a single Centre Party. It will never happen, though, since by pretending to be mortal enemies and making their trivial difference the focus of the election, they guarantee that their common goals will win either way.    



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