Russel Norman resigns as co-leader of the Green Taliban

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A beaming Metiria Turei watches on as Russel Norman falls on his sword   Picture/ Felix Marwick, Twitter

A beaming Metiria Turei watches on as Russel Norman falls on his sword Picture/ Felix Marwick, Twitter

Russel Norman announced his resignation at 11am this morning in what Green sources tell me was really a bloodless coup.

Expect the male leadership role to now pass to Kevin Hague who has been plotting this move for some time.

Because of the way the Green constitution is worded this has been a bit of superb low bastardry from Kevin Hague.

Hague has consistently topped members votes in the Greens to retain his current number three spot and the Green constitution requires a vote from the members for leader…one Kevin Hague would have won easily after the Greens disappointing result in the general election.  

If the Greens or Hague believed in smoke-filled rooms then this plotting would have indeed required such a room plus a list of faceless men.

Norman will have been quietly approached and politely told that using the constitution they would play out the coup by the rules and ultimately end Norman’s role at the top.

An ultimatum would have been issued and the option of resignation with dignity placed on the table.

It was inevitable.

So Russel Norman has gone after achieving nothing much in his time as leader.

No more will we have to endure his Aussie whinging in the parliament.

Fortunately for New Zealand his demands to be Finance Minister will never be met, but the Greens still remain batshit crazy and probably more-so now Metiria Turei is the dominant leadership partner.

Unfortunately for us all the Ginger Whinger will remain on parliament for the time being.

I expect the Greens to shed quite a lot of support now.


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