Less than 24 hours after announcing a marriage of convenience with Labour, Mr Shaw and Ms Turei have given differing opinions on cooperation with National, should it get them into power.
Mr Shaw says the party’s first preference is Labour — hence yesterday’s show-and-tell of the two parties’ memorandum of understanding.
“When we’ve cooperated, both of our polls have actually gone up — and when we haven’t cooperated, we’ve tended to take votes off each other,” he told Newshub this morning.
“Preference” is the key word here — Mr Shaw wouldn’t rule out National altogether, saying it’s up to the membership.
But Ms Turei says it is “absolutely definitive” the party is committed to removing National from power.
“Our 100 percent commitment is changing the Government because they are so terrible for this country,” she told Paul Henry this morning.
So Shaw says it is up to the members while Turei says it is up to her and no way.