You know there are issues when the last leader standing asks everyone to calm down

James Shaw is trying to hose down the insurrection inside the Greens.

That will be as much fun as herding black cats in a dark room with a stick.

Green Party leader James Shaw says it’s time for his MPs and supporters to “calm down” and “focus on steadying the ship”.

It comes after Green MP Julie Anne Genter lashed out at journalists on Thursday when asked if she’d be the party’s next woman co-leader.

“Don’t even think about asking me that question until after the election,” she responded.

Mr Shaw said Ms Genter was “just responding to the situation”.

“In what’s been a very difficult week for all of us, people have started to say ‘Will you be the next leader of the Green Party’ and so on, and she simply was just responding to that and saying we’ve just got to deal with what’s in front of us and let’s deal with [the leadership] after the election.”

It’s been a chaotic week for the Green party with co-leader Metiria Turei’s resignation on Wednesday, which followed two MPs quitting on Monday evening in protest over Ms Turei’s benefit fraud admission.

“It’s been a really tough week for everybody,” Mr Shaw said. “Passions are running pretty high; my advice to everybody is to just breathe through your noses and focus on steadying the ship.”

He said that it’s been tough on people outside Parliament as well, but people need to take a breather.

“For people who’ve spent months and months on an election campaign, when something like this happens they get emotional and upset. We just need to kind of calm down, pull together, steady the ship and focus on winning the election.”

After Ms Turei’s resignation the party is now “resetting the campaign”, Mr Shaw said.

Oh boo hoo. Shaw obviously has no idea that politics is a tough game, it certainly isn’t tiddlywinks.

None of this would have happened if Metiria Turei hadn’t flaunted her fraud, then lied like a flatfish about real details.

She was busted and she knew it which is why she gave up the fight and cried racism, sexism and every other -ism she could find.

James Shaw, a reasonable man but out of his depth, has almost zero chance against militant hard left commies that remain inside the Greens. Their watermelon just got redder on the inside.




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