Green Party

Herald has big push for Kevin Hague as the next Green co-penis

There is no better way to ruin a long weekend than for the political party to insist on a meeting to sort out it’s co-leadership vacancy.

“Exit polls” (early indication) reveal it is between Hague and James Shaw.    Isaac Davison leaves no doubt where the Herald has decided to place its support.

The Green Party’s choice of a new co-leader on Saturday will come down to two contenders – a sensible, safe pair of hands or a riskier, flashier newcomer who has the potential to lift the party’s vote. …

The early favourite, Mr Hague, is the safe choice. The Greymouth-based MP has centred his campaign on his experience – both his seven years in Parliament and his “real world” experience as head of a District Health Board. The huge demands of being a party leader have been understated in the leadership campaign, he says.

“Here’s a reality check. Whoever is elected to this role, that person needs to come into the House next Tuesday, take on John Key and win. That’s not something that someone just has a natural flair for, it’s something that you win the ability to do through hard graft. I’ve done that graft.” Read more »

The Greens steal Winston’s Policy

The real leader of the opposition, Winston Peters, is a bit annoyed with the Greens for stealing his policy.

The Greens are slow off the mark calling for babies to be enrolled in KiwiSaver – New Zealand First announced an automatic KiwiSaver kick start for babies before the General Election last year.

“Stealing New Zealand First common sense policies is becoming habit forming among the political parties who are short on visionary ideas and out of touch with the real needs of Kiwis,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“It’s the Greens today, last Budget it was National – they were so short of family friendly polices they stole our free GP checks policy for primary school children. The fact families have to wait till July this year proves there was no genuine concern. They only wanted the headlines. It will be the same this year with all their hyped up pre-Budget speak over poverty.

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Understanding Auckland’s problem and the blame lies with green policies

Peter King inserted a lengthy explanation of the contradictory nature of left wing politics in trying to explain their opposition to the flag debate.

I didn’t include that in the previous post because it was tl;dr and not really related.

But it is worth exploring for understanding why house prices are rising and land supply is artificially constricted by an intransigent council.

The left quite often seems incapable of seeing the contradictions of its own policy positions. More often than not it adopts policies because they seem trendy rather than because they are helpful. This is where the effect of Green policy is at its most subversive.
The problem is that most left wing politicians fall into the Green target demographic. They are wealthy urban dwellers from well-off middle class homes. Huge numbers of labour followers are school teachers now into their late fifties who were hippies in the 70s. Greens do not target farmers or farm workers, or the urban poor for the simple reason they know instinctively that Green agricultural and industrial policies are often ill-thought out nonsense. Green voters are well-off urbanites whose incomes typically come from taxpayers or providing business services so abstracted from industry as to be on a different planet. The Green delusion is built on that inter-generational arrogance that parents are all thick and there are better ways of doing things. That and large amounts of hypocrisy (and don’t imagine we haven’t all been there). It is an ideal which suits idealists and those who rebel against their parents but rarely has any deep thought put into it.

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For example the Greens hate cars. They pretend they don’t but really they do. They even hate electric cars. Cars are seen as the enemies of this idyl and the world would be so much better if everyone used bicycles and trains instead. Of course bicycles and trains work really well if you live in the city centre and your city was built around dray deliveries. But most cities these days are built around cars.
Cars carry babies, groceries, children, dogs, and other stuff without physical effort over long distances very quickly. They have liberated women like no other tool (it is no coincidence that the world’s most patriachal nations won’t let women drive). Cars expand the options of a worker seeking work. Cars provide freedom and they are massively popular demonstrated by the fact the global automotive industry is still growing.
The Greens hatred of cars means they propose “smart cities” which are built around (guess what) trains and bicycles. But to make that work they need to concentrate cities into apartments and rail networks. So “sprawl” is a dirty word and “smart cities” are “sustainable” and make up a million and one tedious arguments to justify that outcome.

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Green logic

Obviously what Wellington needs is more of those trains that aren’t going.

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Whatever you do, don’t take him to a Green party conference

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This dog should never be taken anywhere near a Green party conference.

Two female Morris dancers were mauled by a bull terrier who was attracted to the bells and ribbons on their feet, a court heard.

One of the women tried to carry on dancing after being bitten by the out of control dog before it attacked another performer.

Matthew Spooner, the dog’s owner, has been warned he could face jail after admitting he failed to keep the dog in check at the Walking the Fair festival in Walsall last month.    Read more »

X-Factor Green Co-Penis marches on

The PM’s hair pulling and Gallipoli really have broadsided the Green Taliban’s plans to get some good news about their party into the media.

Here are some media bites to let you know how their individual races towards achieving co-penis status is going.

Gareth Hughes says the Green Party’s ready for a new generation in to be leaders in parliament.

Mr Hughes doesn’t agree with naysayers who think he’s too young.

“Some people, very few are judging me on my looks and what are being described as boyish good looks.

“But the fact is I’m in my third term of Parliament now, I’ve been an MP for five years – I’ve had significant wins over the course of the time.”

On the defensive.  Explaining is losing.  Don’t address your weak points, emphasise your strengths.   Score:  1/10.   Co-penis chance:  17% Read more »

Green Party to crowd-source questions for parliament

In a first for New Zealand, the Green Party is giving the public a unique chance to be more involved in Parliament’s question time by having their own question on climate change asked of the Government.

“Parliament is meant to be the People’s House but question time is normally just for MPs,” said Green Party co-leader Dr Russel Norman.  “The problem is that we have run out of ideas”.

“In the age of social media there’s no excuse why the public shouldn’t be more involved in asking questions of those in power who are making decisions which will affect us all.

“And let’s face it, the Green Party has been marginalised and not taken seriously by half of our own voters, not to mention Labour, National and just about everyone else.  Frankly, it’s time for the public to put up or shut up.”

“From today until 5pm Monday 27th, the public can submit a question they want to ask the Government on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »

One Green Gets the Problems they Face

A bunch of unelected MPs who do no constituency work are seeking the leadership of the Green Party. One of them actually gets it, and most importantly gets that the one man with the moral authority that comes from winning a seat, Winston Peters, is likely to be able to choose whether the Greens have any power in the next government.

Mr Shaw, who has a background in business, named climate change as his number one priority but said the Greens also had to continue strengthening the economic credibility built up by Dr Norman.   Read more »

Let the games begin: Nominations for Green co-leader (the penis kind) closed today

Nominations for The Green Party’s male co-leader spot close today.

The party yesterday announced it will hold nine provincial meetings for the contest between April 18 and May 9.

Meetings range from as far north as Whangarei to as far south as Dunedin.

The spot opened after father of three Russel Norman quit for family reasons. He spent nine years as co-leader.

We altogether have too many people quitting politics for “family reasons”.  It’s a code that’s used to cover up a number of missteps, some of them morally reprehensible, some of them legally reprehensible and some of them both.

Be that as it may, Metiria’s reign as a solo co-party-mum is coming to an end.

Who do you think will be the Green Party’s co-penis?   Read more »

Greens hurriedly slam the door on Hide’s “become a proper Green party” plan

Yesterday Rodney Hide mused what might happen if the Green Party position itself so it could work with anyone.

Mr Shaw told the Herald he believed most Kiwi voters still had a first-past-the-post mentality.

That did not mean the voters who considered the Greens but ultimately went with National were unreachable under his commitment to a partnership with Labour.

“There are a lot of people out there who are really pissed off about National’s record on the environment, who would like to vote for us but didn’t feel that we were yet credible enough,” he said.

As for the praise from those on the right, Mr Shaw believes right-wingers often have another motive. Read more »

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