A small group of left-wing Green Party members want co-leader James Shaw, as well as high profile MP Chlöe Swarbrick and Minister Eugenie Sage out of Parliament by placing them in an unwinnable position on the party list.
The Green Party is currently drawing up its party list for the 2020 election.
The ranking of the list is voted on by members in two different stages; first by delegates at a conference for an initial list and then by thousands of Green Party members closer to the election.
An initial list is now before members for voting. It ranks Shaw second, with co-leader Marama Davidson first. Conservation Minister Sage is at four on that list with Swarbrick is at seven.
The Greens still have a Left faction?
They have a woke middle class identity politics faction which waters any meaningful climate crisis policy down to meaningless bullshit while managing to alienate voters with their painful micro aggression policing but they don’t have a ‘Left’ faction.
They have pure temple acolytes and woke activists whose starting point is ‘if you are a male you are a rapist, if you are white you are racist and if you believe in free speech you are Nazi’, but a Left faction?
Sure there’s the militant cycling vegan mommy bloggers Temperance union of the insufferable Spinoff, but a ‘Left’ faction?
Currently the Greens have all the firepower of organic edible moss and I’m not convinced they can even limp over the 5% threshold this year.
But let’s pretend they can.
As Green members look at their voting papers over the weekend, here is the top 8 that I as a class leftist who believes a populist radical green movement is desperately needed would select.
1) Chloe Swarbrick – She is stupidly popular with the millennial electorate, incredibly competent when it comes to policy and a brilliant leader. She is the future of the Party. That she has been left of this left list altogether by the ‘Left’ faction reeks of a group of people who would prefer to hold control over the losing team rather than lose control of the winning team. If you honestly can’t see the Broadchurch appeal Chloe has, you shouldn’t be commentating as a political pundit.
2) Steve Abel – Greenpeace campaigner and the exact sort of candidate required to push for meaningful climate change not the sophistry the Greens are offering up now.
3) Teanau Tuiono – Strong candidate who will be able to bring a new dimension to Māori leadership to the party. Won’t champion the reclamation of the word ‘Cunt’.
4) Jan Logie – Her work for women has been tireless and her policy upgrades needed, she is a real unsung hero of the party.
5) Ricardo Menéndez March – No one knows the sadism of WINZ like Ricardo, would force the toxic culture out of MSD.
6) Julie Anne Genter – One of their best candidates who never gets her recognition. Very good policy brain.
7) Kyle MacDonald – Very smart and conscious in a way that isn’t as smug as The Spinoff.
8) Luke Wijohn – Led the school strike movement, very passionate.
I should have included Golriz in this list because with Guy out of work they are a one wage household and she could do with the cash, but I’m sure he will pick up a gig doing Nights on TheEdge soon so they’ll be fiiiiiiiiine.
I haven’t included Eugenie Sage because she is the perfect example of what happens when a Minister gets captured by her Ministry and I’ve left off Marama and James because their leadership over the last 3 years has resulted in a meaningless response to the climate crisis and they’ve managed to get so far into identity politics they don’t know if they are Arthur or Martha, and if they DID ever manage to work that out, there would be a 6 month hui to decide what pronouns to use.
I’ve been a Green voter all my life and part of me thinks that maybe they should just get flushed out this election so that something else could replace them, but IF they limp back in, the above list might provide some actual gains on the climate rather than the paltry wins this current leadership team are championing.
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