Yes, because every NZer is going to read a 52 page policy document (I’m not making that up for comedic effect)…
Green Party co-leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw are urging New Zealanders to “think ahead” and vote Green, as they firmed-up their negotiation position for a post-election deal with Labour.
The party plans to campaign differently in 2020, streamlining its focus to six main policy priorities that it will campaign hard on.
The party’s broader policy platform is detailed in its policy vision document, a 50-page manifesto released today.
…it’s Sunday morning and this 52 page policy release by the Greens has already sunk beneath the headlines without impact.
The new Kiwiburger song is more memorable.
I think the only hope for the Greens now is Chloe winning Auckland Central which explains why they are throwing everything at it…
…it’s funny, every time I hear from the Greens I think they are less likely to get over 5%.
Only the biggest politics geek with an enormous luxury of time or the most fastidious Green Party follower who recycles their own body waste is going to read all 52 pages.
Sure there are some great ideas amongst all this, but the point is to sell those ideas in easy bite sized chunks, subsection 5A with 12 point KPIs will sail over the heads of 95% of the electorate.
My understanding is that the Greens don’t like to sell the sizzle of their vegan sausage because that’s white heteronormative cishet male privilege where as a dour 52 page manifesto is a far more honest.
I think as a brand, the micro aggression policing middle class identity politics virtue signalling by Green woke activists on social media is such an enormous turn off that the Greens gaining over 5% is too big an ask.
The Greens keep going backwards each election and at no point have they asked if their activists pure temple mantras of all white people are racist, all men are rapists and those defending free speech are actual Nazi’s has helped in making them politically noxious to most voters.
Chloe winning in Auckland Central and saving them from political oblivion might be the wake up call they desperately need, if that comes to pass Chloe has to become the new leader.
As someone who has voted Green all my life, this is the first election where I’m agnostic about them gaining representation in Parliament, and if someone as political as I am doesn’t give 2 shits about them getting back in, I wonder how many other white male voters they’ve also alienated.
Increasingly having independent opinion in a mainstream media environment which mostly echo one another has become more important than ever, so if you value having an independent voice going into this pandemic and 2020 election – please donate here.
If you can’t contribute but want to help, please always feel free to share our blogs on social media.