Today’s example of how entryists and social activists ruin everything is the NZ Green Party. I generally disagree with the greens, but their early leaders had integrity and took at times principled and unpopular stands. The current implosion started last week… and two of the older generation have had enough. They have resigned in protest.
The apparent solidarity behind Greens co-leader Metiria Turei masked bitter divisions, just like other parties have.
The sudden resignation of two MPs, Kennedy Graham and David Clendon, over Turei’s handling of historic offending has lifted the lid on turmoil in the Greens.
The MPs gave her an ultimatum. They said they would quit unless she stepped down as co-leader; she didn’t so they did.
The party establishment moved to contain the fall-out in the way that other parties do – to criticise the two rebel MPs as pretty useless and lazy, which is particularly unfair on Kennedy Graham who works his butt off in strange areas of international law.
That accounts for their joint statement sounding more like a judgment from The Hague.
But the telling line is the one that says “the timing by Metiria of her admissions, and her continuing justification of her actions, we see as incompatible with the standards of leadership of the Green Party.”
It is the “continuing justification” of her actions that have caused so much division across the country, not the original offence.
It is comforting to know that there are some in the Green Party who do not see Turei as a perpetual victim, and that there are members in the party who are trying to have normal standards apply.
But there she stays at No 1 because to resign would be to admit that Turei’s calculated gambles, including admitting benefit fraud, had been a disaster.
After the revelation last week of historic electoral fraud, she decided it would be enough to rule herself out of taking a cabinet position.
When it turned out that Labour leader Jacinda Ardern had already decided rule her out, Turei’s sacrifice could hardly be seen as any sacrifice at all.
The next commentator is from the other news source in NZ, and he predicts that if the Greens continue down this path they will drop from their current coalition status (about fifteen percent of MPs) to a minor party — less than ten percent.
Under the NZ election system, if a party does not win an electorate seat or get five percent of the vote, they have no members in the house. That is not likely. Yet. But when parties implode, they can lose ten percent of votes in a month.
And the Greens never attempt to win electorates. They are list only.
The Greens seem to be in pathological denial about the damage that Turei’s benefit fraud admission is doing.
If Monday’s double resignation of two senior MPs isn’t enough to send the message “enough is enough”, then what is?
Newshub poll: Most Kiwis say Metiria Turei was wrong to lie to WINZ
The Greens need to step back and ask themselves the most simple and important of questions – how does this look to voters? It obviously looks appalling, but the Greens can’t see that.
The Greens are curled up in a collective “defensive crunch” of self-denial.
They need to realise Turei has not started a debate about poverty; she has started a debate about Metiria Turei’s benefit fraud.
They need to realise the resignations of David Clendon and Kennedy Graham are not going to look to the wider public like clearing out of dead wood; rather, it will make the party look woefully unstable just seven weeks out from the election.
The Greens need to realise that all this is, in Lloyd Burr’s words, looking like the “Welfare Party” rather than the “Green Party”.
The Greens have expelled the two MPs who have resigned. They are doubling down. It will be interesting to see if this is going to end well for them. As Labour changed their leader last week, and have some energy (driven in part by Adern, who has courted journalists for a decade) the soft green votes will go to Labour, and Labour does consider immigration too high.
The division in this time is between the globalists and the locals. The local left is improving. The local right is growing (under the best and most cunning campaigner in New Zealand — Winston Peters). The globalist right is in power.
But the left social justice warriors avoid Labour, run the Greens, and despite their environmental branding their policies as socialist, open borders, and without budget, responsibility or accountability. They are imploding, as the narrative they run — from the 1970s — has become old, worn, and without utility.
This will be a little too interesting for the cohesion and peace of my nation.