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Where is the mandate for the waka-jumping bill?

The waka jumping bill, a bill that says that if MPs cross the floor the Party leader can expel any MP from parliament entirely if backed by two thirds of the caucus, is currently in the select committee stage. 

The bill has been widely opposed from all across the political spectrum, with 41 out of the 43 submitters on the bill opposing it entirely, and the two that didn’t completely oppose it thought it should only be for list MPs, not electorate MPs.

And I’ve seen dozens upon dozens of articles voicing their opposition to the waka jumping bill, but I can remember just two supporting it – and one of those was written by Winston Peters, the architect of the bill.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen the public so universally opposed to legislation, and I doubt I ever will again.

So, when the public is this opposed to the waka jumping bill, does the government even have a mandate to pass this bill?

Will the Greens dip in the polls affect the waka jumping bill?

Last night, a new Colmar Burton poll came out, and boy, was it big.

Labour was up to 48% – the highest it’s been in 15 years – and NZ First slipped to 3% – below the 5% threshold to get back into parliament.

However, slightly overlooked by most commentators was the Greens fall from 7% to 5% – meaning the Greens are only just above the line to get back into parliament.

Fall any further, and the Greens risk not be in parliament come 2020.

So, that raises the question – what can the Greens do to stop themselves from slipping below the line?

Well, one option is for the Greens to reconsider their support for the waka jumping bill.

The waka jumping bill, which states that if MP’s are expelled from their party, they are expelled from parliament as well.

The bill has faced almost universal opposition from the public.

However, the Greens will be the ones that will be blamed if the bill passes – Given that they are on confidence and supply, they are under no obligation to vote for the bill.

If they do vote for the waka jumping bill to pass, then they will almost certainly drop in the polls.

Meaning that voting against the bill may be a way to score points with the general populace.

On the other hand, worrying about the polls this far away from the election seems silly.

Once again, the Greens are stuck with a very hard choice in front of them. Which way will they lean though?

We will just have to wait and see.

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