Catherine Delahunty and Stefan Browning stepping down from the Greens at the next election is a mixed blessing and speaks to the new shifting power blocs in the Green Party conclave.
Stefan is a lovely chap, but the anti-GE, Monsanto is Satan, anti-vaxxer environmental activists who he represented are increasingly isolated and alienated by things like facts and science and have lost a lot of say inside the Party.
That said, Monsanto is still satan.
Delahunty leaving is a far more sadder event. She is easily one of the Greens best MPs whose sense of social justice and basic fairness has gone into much of their policy.
Delahunty is also one of their best communicators, and when actually given a platform has some beautifully insightful critiques of what’s going on in NZ. I hope that she has time to blog and become a regular commentator in NZ Politics once she leaves because her voice and wisdom would be a huge loss to progressives if she had no platform post Parliament.
These two stepping down frees up space on the all important Party list. With some of the best next generation political voices lining up for selection, the membership has a real obligation to push many of these new millennials up the ranks into a position that is winnable so as to offer millennial voters a real reason to give the Greens their party vote on election day.
If Hayley Holt and Chloe Swarbrick aren’t 12th and 13th on the Party list, then the Greens will have missed an opportunity and are only paying lip service to their largest voting bloc.