I’m utterly dismayed that Metiria Turei has been forced out of the co-leadership of the Greens by a vile media pack determined to seize the opportunity of Metiria’s personal struggle to drive down the Greens.
This pack has been at work like this several times before in recent years – never to take down the likes of Bill English who rorted the systen for $900 per week or the Rich Listers who pay lower tax rates than beneficiaries.
But a strong, principled, articulate Maori woman who revealed her personal story to speak out on behalf of struggling beneficiaries and their children living in poverty was fair game. They have hounded her family and mercilessly attacked her and the Greens day after day for weeks on end.
The positive gloating by the likes of TV3 political journalists tonight is one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen on TV.
I know most of the Greens will be proud to have had her as a co-leader. I’m not a Green but I also felt proud we had at least one MP who put our most vulnerable citizens front and centre of her political life.