It ain’t easy being Green
With Russel Norman blaming everyone else except his leadership for the Greens weak electoral performance, the question turns to how long it will be before the Right of the Greens launch a challenge for the leadership of the Party as the Greens try to out gallop the Labour Party to the centre.
The two candidates likely to challenge Russel and Metiria for the co-leadership position are Julie Anne Genter and Margaret Thatcher enthusiast, James Shaw. Russel’s late pitch in the election to try and suggest the Greens could work with National may have been an attempt to see any new challenge off, but it ended up looking confused.
Genter and Shaw are pragmatists and owe little allegiance to the Greens early socialist roots and represent a new generation who have no idealogical compass. Roll up to a Generation Next gig and appreciate just how centrist and middle class those pretensions really are.
The Greens haven’t had a challenge internally for the heart and soul of the Party since Norman took out Sue Bradford and Nandor for the leadership so it will be interesting to see how the Greens next power struggle plays out. With members having so much say in the rankings, the nastiness that plagues Labour needs to be far more muted but reports from this years selection process highlighted the influence of the Wellington clique who favour Shaw.
With Andrew Little becoming an overnight asset, any decision by the Greens to step to the Centre would have to be carefully thought out.