That look when you realise you should have voted for Julie Anne Genter
I don’t know Sam Sachdeva over at Newsroom, but their appraisal of the Greens seems woefully optimistic.
The mammoth mistakes this year have been appalling.
Handing National their Parliamentary question.
The farcical decision by Minister Sage to allow China to continue to steal water.
And of course, the reclamation of the C word.
The Greens are in danger of sliding into political irrelevance and risk being seen less like an environmental party and more like a middle class vehicle for identity politics.
The Greens desperately need to engage with a new electorate and urgently if they are to remove any fear of sliding beneath 5% which I don’t think you can rule out. The Greens have gone backwards in the last 3 elections, it is not inconceivable that they mistake support on Woke Twitter as a wider support in the electorate.
It would seem to me that the easiest electorate to engage with and convert to the Green cause are the huge amount of ethical small and medium business in NZ. There is an entrepreneur class that is built upon ethical green sourcing and execution of business. We already tilt the playing field of the market when it comes to Māori Authorities by taxing them less, why not extend that to ethical and green business?
Why not create a standard whereby any company or business that can gain the accreditation for sustainable business practices also get a lower tax setting the way we do Māori Authorities?
For the Greens, pushing a Green Tax Rate for sustainable businesses would connect them with a new electorate while promoting environmental economics that could gain huge buy in. It also makes them look like they are creating smart solutions rather than starting dumb fights or worse, looking clueless.
With the annual Green Conference around the corner, the Greens have little to celebrate.
They need a smart new direction.
They look terribly lost right now.