Green with envy over Mana Party
Russel Norman scorns Mana Party
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has attacked Hone Harawira's new Mana Party as a throwback to the last century.
Oh hush your fussing Russel Norman, it's not like the writing hasn't been on the wall for a new left party, I pointed it out in November of last year on TVNZ7's Backbenchers, more listening = less shock when it happens (ask Cactus Kate who is still sobbing at the demise of her beloved Rodney Hide, I pointed out ACT's demise last year as well).
The Greens are fearful that Mana will take away some of their vote, they shouldn't be. The Greens are going to pick up more votes than they'll lose to Mana from National. Now a Brash Key Government is the only right wing political option on offer, moderate NZers who voted for John Key's smile and wave will flee to either Labour or the Greens because a vote for John is a vote for Don. Seeing as the Greens are more than happy to use Hone's proxy vote in Parliament but won't allow the poor genuine political representation, the Greens are sounding a bit middle class right now. A watered down lime attempting to appeal to Remuera soccer mums isn't what is needed, a strong vibrant Green Party with a stronger ally who can help negotiate a better deal than the Greens have managed in a bloody decade is what is needed.
As for fighting last century's battles, yes Russel, we are still fighting last centuries battles because they haven't been won yet. We are fighting 18th century coal generation as well. Russel will pick up the phone to Hone post election day, just like Phil Goff will, because Russel is a true patriot who wouldn't stand by and allow the worst excesses of Brash and Key to govern this country.