Greens going Blue
And so James Shaw, the new vunderkidd from the right of the Green’s is challenging for leadership.
Here is how I rated the 3 other candidates…
Kevin Hague – Represents the status quo. The difficult balancing act the Greens currently face by trying to be all things to all people. Kevin won’t make a call for either side of the ideological fencepost and will champion the ‘Greens aren’t Left or Right, we are forward’ mantra that Russel Norman adopted to brush off questions about where the Greens stand. He has seniority but faces the challenge that members are wanting a definitive position around which they can build.
Vernon Tava – represents the blue-green dimension of the Greens, wants to open the possibility of working with National and states that the Nats would be very willing to work with them. Tava is running because it’s too soon for James Shaw to run.
Gareth Hughes – One of the Greens best performers in Parliament, Hughes appeals to the large chunk of Green Party members who are Gen Xers and Gen Y, his argument that the youth wing of the Greens should be represented in the leadership role is a difficult one to refuse.
…Shaw’s entry changes things considerably.
The Green’s weakness is that they have become a Wellington Party and the elite cliques of the Wellington Greens want to cut a deal with National as proof they are somehow post-ideology, an on trend belief that their cause is so logical that it doesn’t rely on one faction to back it.
It’s philosophical hubris of eye watering proportions. Everywhere in Europe where the Greens have tried this, by siding with the Right, it has led to their obliteration in the next set of polls.
Capital pretensions are what is driving the Right within the Greens.
Deciding to move to the centre and work with National at the same time as Andrew Little is galloping Labour to the middle leaves a bankrupt political spectrum incapable of the reform necessary to tackle the inequalities and environmental issues confronting us.
30 years of neoliberalism combined with the death of public broadcasting has moved the centre so far to the right, even the Greens have a Margaret Thatcher quoting candidate.