Gaia with a vajazzle.
Now we know why the Greens are freaking out over The Opportunities Party, all week Julie Anne Genter has been taking pot shots at TOP and desperately trying to argue that the Greens are more radical on cannabis than their political posturing towards the centre would suggest.
This was the exact conundrum I pointed out the Greens would find themselves in when they pushed to change their image from social justice activists to Gaia with a vajazzle. The Greens have desperately sold themselves as mainstream and in doing so have watered down all their policy. They have left Dairy Farmers out of any real emissions targets for 5 years, not a particularly strong position to take if you believe in climate change and as for cannabis reform the Greens are promising to talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk.
TOP however have far more stringent climate change policy and an actual legislative market format for cannabis.
The Greens have zigged when they should have zagged and are in danger of going backwards by getting jumped by NZ First as the 3rd largest party.
Their tactics and the staff directing those tactics saw Genter run and lose badly in what should have been a Green Party stronghold of Mt Albert. The Ruminator was a terrible choice as a communicator for 6 months and the Party seems to be held to ransom by the Wellington Twitteratti.
God knows what the hell is going on in the back room, for example here at TDB all the progressive political parties and Unions worth listening to get their press releases to us, but the Greens don’t, their new media person hasn’t even gotten around to adding us to their media list. The largest reading bloc of our readers are Green Party voters, the Green media team don’t seem too be aware of this.
If the Greens go backwards this election, there will need to be some heads rolling in the back room.