James Shaw is talking about swallowing dead rats

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James Shaw is talking about swallowing dead rats:

Green Party leader James Shaw has warned supporters to prepare to compromise and “swallow dead rats” if the party is to get what it wants in government.

In the annual State of the Planet address, Shaw said he believed New Zealand could be one of the first countries in the world to transition to a truly sustainable economy, pointing to the Green Party’s planned Zero Carbon Act and Waste Minimisation Act.

“My goal is that by the end of this term of Parliament we will have put into place the architecture from this great transition to the new economy.”

He said the goal was even more ambitious given the Greens were just eight MPs out of 120.

“If we’re going to succeed it’s going to take something of us.”

Speaking to an audience of about 200, including party supporters, at Victoria University, he said it would mean a focus on what was needed “and not sweat the small stuff”.

“There are lots of very worthy but small issues that could easily distract us from the already Herculean task in front of us.”

It was a message to the party faithful to prepare to swallow some dead rats – early on in the new government there was some internal friction after the party had to agree to support NZ First’s Waka Jumping Bill, a concept it was opposed to. It has also effectively had to put progress on the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary on ice at NZ First’s behest.

But Shaw also sent a veiled message to NZ First that it would need the Greens’ support as much as the Greens would need NZ First’s.

He said it was necessary to learn “the give and take” of coalition government as well as persuading NZ First and Labour of the merits of collaboration. “We are not the Government alone, but no party is.”

Shaw also cautioned supporters against taking an “us and them” attitude to political rivals.

“We have to include everyone, including those who – at least for the moment – disagree with us.

“I know there will be many on our side who, with justification, will say ‘they had their time, it’s our turn now and time to look after our own as they looked after theirs’. That is understandable and tempting. But it is not sustainable.”

What isn’t sustainable is the internecine =fight erupting inside of the Green party.

Twitter was all over it yesterday with accusations of bullying and harassment from Green parliamentary staff, a prominent activist barrister, and involvement in a trolling ring. Details are sketchy at the moment, but coming in fast to the tipline. So far the allegations check out, but there will be more to come on this.

What on earth are “calming sausages”? And why would a prominent barrister create a special symbol for this trolling ring?

I think Shaw’s speech was a coded message to supporters. There is trouble coming. This scandal, which seems set to erupt may well be the cause of Green insiders now quietly backing Marama Davidson for the co-leadership.


-NZ Herald

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