“The Green Party has been nothing but impressive”, writes Heather dPA

The Green Party has been nothing but impressive over the last fortnight. So impressive, in fact, it’s tempting to predict a future where the Greens become the major party of the left.

That’s a bold prediction.

Take this week’s release of the party list for a start.

Virtually every Kiwi will find a version of their own face in that list.

There’s a very young woman, a refugee, a dairy farmer, a guy with grey hair, a young man in a suit, a relic from the hippy days, someone too clever to bother being friendly and someone who seems dim but happy.

Diversity like this isn’t just about ticking boxes for academic reasons. It’s politically astute. If you identify with someone on that list, you’re more likely to vote for the Greens.

It says everything about the list that, after its release, it took me hours to register just how many women are in the top 20. There are 12.

This is extraordinary. A sitting party releasing a majority-women list without a moment of controversy must be unprecedented in our politics. The Greens made it look as normal as brushing your teeth.

That’s not entirely true.  We picked up on it immediately, as well as pointing at the difference between having visually diverse candidates and having people there on merit.

Sure, young people don’t vote. They won’t vote this election. They like the Greens but they won’t be bothered remembering which hangover is the Election Hangover.

But one day they’ll own a house, have a child and start caring about the future of both those things.

And that day, they will start voting. They will have grown up with their mums working as hard in a paid job as their dads. They will have grown up with an antipathy towards transparent political point-scoring.

And they will have grown up without the baby boomer distrust of the hippie lefties.

The only Green Party these young people know is the one mainstream enough to wear suits and heels. And if I was Labour, I’d be scared about that day arriving.

It’s easy to be a knocking machine.  I should know, I am one, and it takes no effort at all.

So I appreciate the attempt to look at the Greens in a positive light.

I have genuinely assessed the differences and how this may manifest itself in a result at the polls.   Like Heather, I don’t see it happening.  Any change, positive or otherwise, will be too minor to be sheeted home to a Green party that’s image driven.

But then they tried evidence-based angst.  I mean, policies.  And that didn’t get them any further either.

Will be interesting to see if just a smattering of virtue signalling and nodding towards sectors of society in and of itself will make a measurable difference.

 

– Heather dpA, NZ Herald


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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