Green party talk substance, but push image with new list

The Green Party has taken a punt on its young, high-profile women candidates, giving them rankings that all but ensure they will become MPs.

Auckland Mayoral candidate Chloe Swarbrick and human rights lawyer Golriz Ghahraman have been elevated into the top 10 in the party’s list for the general election, which was released today.

At current polling, the Greens would get 14 MPS. Under its new list, that would mean four new faces in Parliament. The other two new MPs would be Green Party staffer Jack McDonald, who is ranked at 13 and Wairarapa farmer John Hart, at 14.

The top 15, which was voted on by 6000 party members, features nine women and three Maori candidates.

You may recall this highly polished North & South cover not too long ago.  

Is this really what New Zealand wants?  Will these people choose when to send the SAS out to fight enemies like ISIS?

Will they build ports, airports and other infrastructure where they are needed?

Or is the whole thing just an attempt to cover up the truth?

Co-leader Metiria Turei said members had clearly signalled that they wanted new talent.

I bet she didn’t see the irony…

But she noted that no MP had been relegated to an unwinnable spot.

“We are very confident we will return the caucus and new people to Parliament in September.”

She said there was “no doubt” some candidates would be disappointed in their ranking: “That is just one of the hazards of having to rank a fantastic group of people.”

Co-leader James Shaw the list was a mix of experience and fresh, new talent. It included new Maori and Pacific candidates, a high proportion of women, and candidates from a mix of backgrounds – activists, business people, lawyers and others.

On the one hand it’s a nice thought that instead of hairy armpits and hairy legs there will now be something a lot less distracting to cope with.

But in the end, Parliament is a meritocracy.  You may be able to slide into it on a silly list, but unless you know how to cope in the cauldron, it will destroy you.

Even people who thought themselves tough like Pam Corkery got gobbled up and spat out only to reappear disillusioned.

If you are going to cause change, especially as a Green list MP, then you better expect to achieve one percent of a smidgen of sweet Fanny Adams.  Because it’s all about power, and you’ll never have it.


– NZ Herald

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