Kevin Hague plays dumb

Feral and proud.

Feral and proud.

West Coast-based Green Party MP Kevin Hague has not revealed whether he hopes to become his party’s new co-leader.

Russel Norman announced on Friday that he would stand down as co-leader at the party’s annual meeting in May.

Mr Hague, who is number three on the party list after Dr Norman and co-leader Metiria Turei, wouldn’t comment on Friday on whether he hoped to fill the role.

Oh why the subterfuge?  He led a bloodless coup for the very reason that he wants to be co-Leader (or, to be honest, as long as Metiria is there, the leader).  

He said it should be a day to celebrate Dr Norman’s achievements in building the party’s electoral success and his many years of service.

Dr Norman had been the party’s co-leader for nine years and started working in Parliament in 2002. He now had three children under four.

“I don’t think anyone is surprised when they reflect on those facts that he’s choosing to go now,” Mr Hague said.

It was still a shock to see such a well-established part of the organisation go.

Mr Hague had known Dr Norman’s plans for a few days but the rest of the party only found out today. It was appropriate to give the party time to absorb the news before making announcements about bids to succeed Dr Norman, he said.

Yes, of course he had known of Dr Norman’s plans.  He made the plans.  And then he told Russel how it was going to play out.

Asked if he had previously considered the leadership, Mr Hague said it had not been an ambition.

“You might say that, but I couldn’t possibly comment.”   Also, he needs some time off from back stabbing to make it look like he’s the right kind of guy to replace Norman.

The new co-leader would be male, as the party always had male and female co-leaders. He would not have to be a Parliamentarian. Any financial member of the Green Party could stand.

Oh, wouldn’t that just be great?  A co-leader outside of parliament, so Metiria can head up the whole show?  “I see Russel getting back stabbed as a huge vote of confidence in me!”


– Laura Mills of the Greymouth Star, Kim Fulton of the Westport News

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