Do the Greens have all the political offensive tactics of a moss?
The Greens frustrate the hell out of me.
On the one hand every word passed by their silky sweet lips I endorse 1000%! They are the only Party that is future proofing by calculating climate change, peak oil and the need for a greener transformation of sustainability into our economic structure. Their stance on human rights is inspiring and their tireless championing of justice is to be admired. Their MP's are intelligent and always well considered and passionate about the need for change.
They are quite simply the tops.
But that's where I part company. The thing that drives me up the bloody wall about the Greens is that they have all the political offensive tactics of a moss. Every election they get beaten up by Labour and abused, or in the case of National, used. Their Ghandi-esk no violence approach to the bear pit of bare knuckle politics, as wonderfully idealistic as that is, just doesn't exist in the real world, and I hate to point this out, but if National get elected, the environment will be the least of your worries.
The Greens have real power, but they use it poorly, there should not be a myopic focus on winning an electorate seat any longer. As the third largest political party in the country, the Greens and their representation is now above the 5% threshold wobbles.
Strategy should be much better focused on pressure points. The only way you ever make Labour do anything progressive is by grabbing the back of their heads, ramming it against a wall and then place the muzzle of a gun just beneath their ear and scream 'DO IT'. If you don't do it that way, Labour always wander off the path and start trying to manage rednecks rather than challenge them.
Tactics should recognize this. Take Auckland Central as a classic example. Denise Roche is a dedicated and brilliant Green Party candidate with a fantastic record and she won't win. In 2008 she gained 4 592 votes, Nikki Kaye won 14 677 and dear old Judith whom we are all thankful to this week, won 13 180. Denise is not going to win over 10 000 votes. In 2005 Nandor only won 5327, and that's Nandor! Denise is great, but she ain't no Nandor, if his high tide mark was 5327, her 4592 is a blunt reality the Greens should accept beyond the current 'Just do it' strategy.
While Denise would have a mountain to climb by trying to win an electorate seat fuelled by Party fears that as the 3rd largest political party they still have to fret about the 5% threshold, she does have a huge amount of power and a strong hand to play.
Denise should in the first week of the election go to Nikki Kaye and Jacinda Ardern with a Central Auckland Green Agenda listing her wants and requiring the establishment of a Green Council at the electorate level that Denise would chair to make sure her list is implemented. Which ever candidate signed up, Denise would call on her large Auckland Central Green Party voting block to vote for that Candidate while giving the Greens their party vote.
The argument against this has always been that people don't like this type of tactical voting, and I would counter that Green Party supporters are pretty bright and would be all for a neo-gramscian counter hegemonic movement.
Denise could be the queen maker in Auckland Central which should be recognised in a high Party list ranking while also being able to implement real policy directly at an electorate level.
Such electoral dynamism is the kind of strategy and new thinking the Greens desperately need if they are to maximize their influence. Stop being frightened by the 5% threshold, you've been blooded, you are in the game, get in the fight.
Trying to win electorates is a waste of energy. Kinda ironic for the Greens.