East Coast Green Party Candidate wishes for a Green Christmas and gets a reply he didn’t expect


Another missive from Gavin MacLean, who was the East Coast Green Party candidate from the 2014 election.

This one is a poem based on Bing Crosby’s “Dreaming of a white Christmas”, with the words changed to “Dreaming of a Green Christmas”.

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas
Led by the finest expertise,
When we find the gumption to curb consumption
And spread equality and peace.

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas
With every letter that I write;
For the powerful think might is right,
Though it’s wealth that keeps the world in fright.

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas
Not like the ones we’ve had before,
With pollution drastic and endless plastic;
The Earth can’t handle any more.

I’m dreaming of a green Christmas
With economics less obscene.
You will wonder where you have been
When all your Christmases are green.


Someone responded with his own rendition

I was dreaming of a Green Christmas,
All this year til election night.
Dreamed voters were dumber,
Gave the lefties the numbers,
Awoke clutching my passport in fright.

I was dreaming of a Green Christmas,
But every letter Greens write,
And how they talk shite,
Helped 88 percent see the light.

I was dreaming of a Green Christmas,
No, not healthy rivers, less pests,
But rabbles of communists,
Ushered in on their lists,
Sneering: “I can spend your money best!”

I was dreaming of a Green Christmas,
Though those whiners are more red than green.
ISIS rapists need hugs?
We’d have to be mugs,
To let them in come two oh seventeen


– Gisborne Herald

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