People like me should be Green party supporters.
I enjoy the bush, rivers, and oceans. My hobbies involve the environment…fishing, hunting, camping, tramping, kayaking and swimming. We are all a bit green, in that we all want clean rivers, oceans, air bush and mountains.
We aren’t Green party supporters because simply put their socialist, or should I say communist, roots just scare the pants off most people.
For most of the election cycle the Greens bleat on about socialist issues, and for 6 weeks of the years present themselves as caring environmentalists. The problem they have is most people just see the mentalist part.
If the Greens were smart they’d abandon their socialism, focus on the environment and come to a governing arrangement with John Key. He’d entertain it for sure.
Gareth Morgan, who I rarely agree with (except on cats), takes this one step further. He thinks there should be a BlueGreen party.
The election hasnât provided answers for people concerned to keep the Kiwi way of life â including those who voted National. On socio-economic issues National is most deserving, but on environmental issues it most definitely has not made the grade. With its intended RMA reforms, National threatens to propel NZ even further toward environmentally-degrading economic growth rather than the ideal of strong economic growth in harmony with environmental protection.
Labourâs ongoing slide confirms that in the votersâ minds at least, its offerings have become less and less relevant to the needs and aspirations of modern day New Zealand. But for me, the most frustrating aspect of the election result is the entrenched inability of the Green Party to grasp that the environmental message is something that appeals to middle-of-the-road New Zealanders, not just Lefties.
Sadly the Green Partyâs policies for environmental sustainability have always come with a nasty fishhook â the out-dated edict that social justice can only be achieved by rehashed socialism. This has rendered the Green Party a real melon to mainstream New Zealand â a watermelon to be precise, far too red on the inside for middle New Zealand to stomach. Â Read more »