Mike Moreu points out that with the Greens' deal with National over home insulation this Government is now working on stuff with almost every party in the House.
In some ways this could be seen as another step towards a properly MMP system; instead of two power blocs a la FPP we can now have legislation put up, initiatives suggested, by a range of parties, whether they are in power or not. Yes, politicians have been able to do this for some time via the Private Members' Bill process, and the Greens have been particularly good at that. Often though it has been a slow arduous process, with many deals necessary over an extended period of time, and for quite small changes to law.
Whether Key can do any substantial deals with Labour or Jim Anderton in this term is yet to be seen. I doubt Phil Goff can really afford to do that, in terms of his own leadership and support within Labour; he's already seen by many as on the right of the party. And Labour will have noted the disgust of many Green supporters at the deal between Fitzsimmons-Norman and National. I wonder whether considerations of future support for National will be a prominent question in the coming leadership contest within the Greens? Would Turei or Bradford have signed up to this? And what would Rod Donald do?
For my money we will know that our system has fully matured when a Government bill can fail for lack of support without it being The End. Given that our political reporting still tends to accentuate the oppositional nature of the House and surrounds, that'll be a while coming yet.