I vote Green.
I know Marama.
I want the Greens to get to 20%.
But their tactics and strategy failure seem to consistently collapse upon them and sometimes my frustration at such needless self-mutilation causes me to write mean blogs, like yesterdays one, so today let’s be as charitable as we can towards Marama’s desire to reclaim the C word.
The Co-Leader of the Greens was subject to a vile death threat towards herself and her whanau that used the C word as a weapon.
Marama righteously decided that she would rob these vile cretins of the power of the C word and decided to reclaim it.
She used it multiple times at the anti-Free Speech protest in Aotea Square.
So far, so righteous.
However, after speaking with people inside the Party, I do not believe that the Co-Leader of the Greens had any media plan whatsoever when the inevitable media attention came to ask her about her use of the word in public.
I do not believe the Green Party had any strategy or forward thinking positions to take once that media attention started.
The inevitable lack of foresight saw the news media ask every significant political personality from Jacinda, to Winston to Paula Bennett who universally criticised Marama.
James Shaw refused to comment.
The Cartoons that shape public opinion came thick and fast…
…amongst the Green Party’s Fourth Wave Feminist, gender-fluid woke twitter activist base, Marama’s reclamation of Cunt is not only a blow against the heteronormative patriarchy, any criticism against Marama for taking her stand is proof positive of being a card carrying member of rape culture.
For the Woke, the issue is one of a woman who has used the words of a death threat against her to empower herself.
To everyone else it looks like the Green Party are no longer an environmental movement and are now just a vehicle for middle class Identity Politics.
For a Party that barely managed to scrape over the 5% threshold, this perception is the kiss of death.
Some staunch defenders will attack the Media for tripping Marama up, and they would be absolutely right – but the bloody media did that to Metiria as well, how many fucking times does the Green Party Leadership need to keep doing this before they learn the fucking media aren’t their friends?
There was no plan to this, no strategy on how to frame it and no sense whatsofucking ever of how it would play out in the wider media.
This follows Minister Sage’s total confusion over what her powers were when she rolled over for Chinese business interests stealing our water, the decision to give National their Parliamentary questions and their seeming surprise mining permits were being issued for National Parks.
This zero planning of how to frame the reclamation of the word Cunt is either grotesque naivety or criminal incompetence. It isn’t leadership, it’s self-mutilation.
As a Green voter, I feel like a Blues fan.
I’m so depressed I’m making Rugby analogies.