Let down by volunteers

This morning Whaleoil joined the dots between the messages on the stickers defacing National Party billboards and the distribution and came up with something green.

He was right. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman has admitted the man behind the vandalism is the partner of his executive assistant.

Dr Norman said he had had no knowledge of the vandalism in advance, and only found out who was involved on Tuesday morning.

Whale deduced this looked like a green network. It looks like it was also at least partly a Green one, albeit without the knowledge or authority of the party.

All parties run the risk of volunteers getting carried away by their enthusiasm and doing something that will embarrass the organisation.

This is a particularly well organised and funded embarrasment. Parties of the right would be vilified if their supporters were stupid enough to do something similar even if it was done without their knowledge or authority.

Will some of the mud its supporteres have been also stick to the Greens?

10 Responses to Let down by volunteers

  1. Andrei says:

    Dr Norman’s handling of this has been impeccable – full marks to him,

    But does anybody really believe that this will cost the Greens any votes or add to National’s tally?

    Will this keep my children from emigrating to Australia? Or bring the ones who have left already back?

    Are we going to see anything of substance in this election campaign?

    Is there any point in casting a vote?

  2. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    Andrei, up to now I hadI thought you possessed some brains some brains.

  3. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – if the Green Party has much influence on the next government there will be more reasons for your children to cross the Tasman.

    There is substance – National’s 120 point economic plan for instance – but sadly it’s the trivia that gets the headlines.

  4. Andrei says:

    if the Green Party has much influence on the next government there will be more reasons for your children to cross the Tasman.

    I know that, Ele.

  5. robertguyton says:

    “It looks like it was also at least partly a Green one”

    How so, Ele?

    Andrei – good assessment on the ‘value’ of the expose, to National, in terms of votes (none). Like Adolf, I thought you posessed some brains some brains, and your comment proved us both right.

  6. homepaddock says:

    How so?

    I accept Russel’s statement he knew nothing about the vandalism.

    But it is difficult to believe that Jolyon White did not use both green and Green contacts and networks to get so many stickers over so many billboards over such a wide area.

    Th Green ones not officially on behalf of the party but because they would be people he knew or who people he knew, knew and would be sympathetic to his message.

    “I don’t know whether there were other Green Party members involved, there may have been, but not as Green Party people,” he said.” :http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10766168

    Russel Norman says: “Mr White was not an active member of the Greens, Dr Norman said, and the networks he had used to mobilise the people involved in stickering the signs were not Green Party ones.

  7. Andrei says:

    He’s employed by the Anglican Church – perhaps it is the Anglicans who are behind it? Wanna go down that path?

    Anyway Dr Jackie Blue (N) has got in behind a Doctor convicted of defrauding the taxpayer with bogus patients.

    I guess that means that John Key and those who support National agree doctors defrauding the taxpayer through the health system is not that big a deal?

    What do you think?

  8. homepaddock says:

    This was a political act not a religious one, Andrei. Though religion and politics aren’t mutually exclusive.

    I accept Russel Norman’s assurance. White wasn’t acting on the party’s behalf or knowledge. But I am not convinced he was the only Green member involved.

    There is no comparison between this and the other story, one is a political act during an elelction campaign. The other appears to be support of an individual which MPs sometimes do for constituents. That doesn’t mean I condone the doctor’s actions and the story doesn’t adequately explain why he got the support.

  9. jabba says:

    any signs tampered with in Riverton?

  10. homepaddock says:

    No . In my experience, for all our political differences, all active members of political parties in this part of the world almost always respect the views and property of the others.

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