Right wing hate monster, barely legal fireworks enthusiast and baby horse killer, Damien Grant, is a lovely chap. He’s funny, a wonderful father and great to have a beer with, however his latest column about the Green Party is so far off the mark, he should write an immediate apology for wasting everyones time for having to read it and promise to hand himself in when the socialist revolution comes to pass so we don’t have to waste any time searching for him during the execution/purge phase of the uprising.
Damien is so right wing that he thinks anything to the right of Caligula is communism, so he views the Greens as the living embodiment of Marx…
Unfortunately, there has been a merging of environmental and other political agendas. In his submission to cabinet in July, Climate Change minister James Shaw states openly that, “we are committed to a transition to a net-zero emissions economy that is just and inclusive”, rather than just being “committed to a net-zero emissions economy”.
He continues, “The transition will require significant economic transformation”.
And this, dear readers, is the problem. Shaw and his comrades have a vision of a different economic model, one that sane people have tunnelled under barbed wire fences to escape. Alas, the sacrifice required to achieve this gender-fluid post-colonial paradise requires a reversal of most of the economic gains of the last 50 years.
…oh sweet Jesus Damien. If fucking only!
The Greens actual economic model is pure free market liberalism in gender neutral drag – all they want to do is include the price of pollution in the cost & let market do the rest.
Have you ever been to a Green Party conference? It’s a whiter shade of beige. These days it’s wall to wall with ‘ethical entrepreneurs’ that ugly middle class blue-green colour that bruises turn after a severe beating.
They all see NZ’s pure clean reputation as an economic branding advantage and they want the Greens to champion that cause. If you actually read the Green Party economics policy, it’s about setting the market conditions to allow the free market to work towards that benefit, pretending that they would usher in some type of socialist heaven is such a misreading of the truth it sounds more like Fox News propaganda than political insight.
The Greens stopped being a socialist party the second Sue Bradford lost the co-leadership race in 2009. From that point on it’s been a free market neoliberal economic agenda, James Shaw, a former corporate greenwash lobbyist to Coke-Cola signed up to Grant Robertson’s promise to be as economically ruthless as National for our corporate overlords without any problems whatsoever because such an agreement is of no issue to the Greens because they are pro-market, not anti.
They are a middle class vehicle for woke identity politics with a neoliberal economic policy framework, their only ‘state intervention’ is to force the cost of pollution into the final price SO THAT the market does the rest.
Damien’s view that the Greens are somehow ‘Lenin reborn’ is simply evidence of just how successful the 30 year neoliberal social, political and economic experiment in NZ has been. It is one of the most grotesque failures of intellectual debate that this 30 year experiment has never been seriously challenged by the Left in NZ and that the most ‘left wing’ political Party in NZ is only slightly less right wing than the Conservatives in Britain.
The NZ Left’s last true economic critic, Bruce Jesson, will be rolling in his grave.