Wild greens behind urbane front

This media release from the man who wanted to be known as Jo Henky was made at 11:23 this morning:

We were saddened to hear National Party president Peter Goodfellow attacking the messenger on Checkpoint last night, rather than responding to the message.

If National disagrees with the policies “The Rich Deserve More” and “Drill It! Mine It! Sell It!” they should simply say so.

To our knowledge no billboards were harmed in the delivery of this message. The stickers can be easily peeled off.

We do not represent a political party. We are private individuals who are disturbed by the policy directions of the current Government, and who seek to engage in the political process at election time in a light-hearted and hopefully humorous way.

Yet by then he had already been outed as Jolyon White, a Green Party member.

NewsTalkZB’s Felix Marwick tweeted more than an hour earlier that the Green Party might have been behind the sabotage and that Russel Norman was going to front the media. He followed up with a tweet saying it was the partner of Norman’s EA.

Norman continues to deny any knowledge of the attack on the billboards:

Dr Norman said he learnt of Mr White’s involvement only after other Green members recognised his voice in a radio interview this morning.

I accept his word and that the actions of White and whoever else was involved, whether or not they were Greens, were not acting on the party’s behalf.

Norman’s EA has been stood down and White has resigned from the party.

I have found no reference to any assurance from any other MP or office holder in the party. Until they give one it is legitimate to ask did any of them know anything about the plan or its execution before this morning?

Regardless of the answer to that question, Dim Post gets to the nub of the damage this has done to the more moderate brand the party has been striving to cultivate.

He says it highlights the disparity between the party’s target voters who aren’t anti-National and its activist base who are a bunch of anti-National anarchists.

The Greens are often criticised for being  watermelons  – a green shell with a red centre. This episode shows that for all the effort the party has put into taming its image, there are still some wild greens behind the urbane front.





11 Responses to Wild greens behind urbane front

  1. robertguyton says:

    “there are still some wild greens behind the urbane front”

    Thank Gaia for that 🙂

  2. homepaddock says:

    I bought some wild asparagus at the Oamaru Farmers Market last week, it was green and wild but not wild green in the billboard-defacing manner.

  3. Cadwallader says:

    A few years ago the so-called wild Greens broke and entered a part of Lincoln University and destroyed a GE crop, then had the audacity to brag in the media about their crime. They, of course, had “right” on their side. Who cares about other peoples property rights when you are in the “right” if only by your own definition. I knew one of the students involved, a hard working non-assisted student. She now does the same sort of research in Brazil where she is rationally appreciated.

  4. Neil says:

    Of course Robert speaks through another voice when he applauds their interruptions at the meeting in Riverton.Now the ugly side of the Greens can be seen when their “smart and clever” efforts on National’s billboards backfired. I believe Norman and Turei know more than they say. To have 800 people afix the labels means something much more serious is afoot.
    Just imagine if National interfered witjh Green signs. Hidden conspiracies would flourish about big bad National
    About time to know that the Grteen’s fundamental policies are way to the left of Labour. Just imagine NZ society controlled like North Korea or East Germany .

  5. robertguyton says:

    Dr Russel Norman has said that the the Green Party was not involved in the stickering and John Key has said that he accepts Dr Norman’s assertion. Do you reject the statements of both men, Ele?
    I’m enjoying watching Peters zero in on Key over the slights to the elderly made at the tea-party. Peters is now armed and dangerous. Bet he can’t believe his luck!

  6. robertguyton says:

    Ha! Neil’s calling Key a fool as well! Brilliant. He too rejects Dr Norman’s assurances. “To have 800 people affix the labels..” Good grief, Neil. 800 people! Green support is much stronger than we expected! Looks like they’ll get a landslide victory this election and rule the country unopposed, by those figures!

  7. homepaddock says:

    I accept Norman’s assurance he knew nothing and this was not authorised by the party and Key’s acceptance of that.

    But I have yet to hear or see assurances by any other MPs or party members that they knew nothing about it and that, for instance, party membership lists weren’t used to recruit helpers.

    That wouldn’t make the party responsible but it could mean more of its members, possibly even office holders, knew and helped.

    The relationship between parties and their volunteers is based on trust. It looks like some members abused that trust with this action which is at odds with the moderate image the party has worked hard to cultivate.

  8. robertguyton says:

    You accept this was not authorised by the Party.
    Splendid, Ele.
    Naughty rascals, eh, those sticker stickers! And tidy too. That’s the tidiest vandalism I’ve ever seen. Almost considerate! And very good of Russel to offer to peel the labels off for National. What a gentleman. What integrity!

  9. homepaddock says:

    I have said that right from the start, Robert. You might also recall I said something similar about not blaming the party when the (now former) Green candidate in Hamilton did something stupid.

    Norman has to distance himself from that vandalism. He’s courting a new demographic of voters who unlike the activist base aren’t anti-National.

  10. robertguyton says:

    He is, Ele and he’s doing a very good job! I do remember your fair comments about the Hamiltonian – good on you.

  11. jabba says:

    why is Wussell fronting this .. I thought he was a CO-Leader, where is Turei, busy at the shredder maybe?

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