Well this election just keeps giving doesn’t it?
Two Green Party MPs have quit politics in protest at co-leader Metiria Turei’s decision not to step down.
Kennedy Graham and David Clendon have removed themselves from the party list and from their electorates, effectively meaning they will not make it back into Parliament.
Here’s the inside word about what has actually happened here.
Both Graham and Clendon were involved in Metriria’s speech and were well aware of what she was going to admit publicly and they said nothing at the time the Caucus was involved.
They have now today come out with this absurd statement as if their conscience has had some sort of month long delay and while claiming they’ve ‘resigned’ from the Party list, get this, they still intend to remain in Caucus and wish to draw down a salary from now until the election!
The fucking cheek of these buggers!
Knife Metiria and the Greens after they’ve been involved in the decision, make a big empty gesture about standing down and still demanding to be paid until the election???
Look, I had a lot of respect for Graham and Clendon, but this is such a dick move! It is disloyal, it is beneath their mana and it is egregious to the Green membership.
To pull a selfish stunt like this 7 weeks out from the election must be punished by James Shaw. His choice is clear, when they try and claim they want to stay in the caucus, he should sack them both for they’re betrayal.
Let’s remind ourselves who Kennedy Graham’s brother is again…
…oh that’s right, his brother pulls a stunt like that but Kennedy’s conscience is moved by Metiria taking for her child.
The Greens are reaching out to the weakest and poorest amongst us with a $180 per week increase in benefits, while I’m sure Jacinda will take back what the Greens recently gained, Metiria’s story resonated with many who have been cruelly treated by our neoliberal welfare state who don’t vote and may be motivated to vote.
Losing two grumpy old white men won’t hurt Green hopes of igniting that electorate.