The Green party would like everyone to think they are all huggers and cuddlers and different from most other parties. They are not, they just have a stronger shield of sanctimony than most others.
Russel Norman is appears is facing a challenge for his leadership…and like his own challenge in the past it is from outside parliament.
A little-known Green candidate is challenging Russel Norman for co-leadership of the party.
Auckland Council policy analyst David Hay, 52, says Norman has done a great job but after six years it’s time for a change.
Hay is ranked number 16 on the party’s list and stood in Epsom at the last election, and in Rodney in 2008. He says there is “fresh talent” among the membership.
In a statement, he said: “There is a real possibility that the Greens will be in government after the next election, and the party needs to be putting its ‘A’ team forward.”
Hay says he will build the party’s presence in Auckland, lift its performance and focus on environmental and economic sustainability, which is currently diluted by parliamentary issues.
“I want to put Russel’s leadership to the test: if he wins out, then he will lead the party into government with a renewed mandate. If somebody else does, then the party will be even stronger going into the next election,” he said.
Three of the 14 MPs are based in Auckland. “We currently lack sufficient presence here, in New Zealand’s largest city, where a third of the population live.”
For a party that has criticised Act in the past for instability it sure is funny watching them suffer their instability problems.
People generally don’t announce challenges unless they already have the numbers or support. If that is not the case then David Hay might just be the stupidest person in politics after Colin Craig.