Patrick Gower at Newshub has just reported that Green MPs David Clendon and Kennedy Graham have resigned from the party list in protest over Meteria Turei’s failure to resign.
The problem isn’t what she did all those years ago, it is her refusal to accept responsibility, admit she was wrong and apologise.
Turei’s attempt to use her own wrong-doing to advance an impossibly-expensive welfare policy has highlighted the party’s socialist leanings.
Lloyd Burr was right, the Greens have lost their way:
. . . The party doesn’t look like the strong, unwavering voice for the environment anymore.
It is not focussed on forests and rivers, or climate change, or conservation underfunding, or waste and pollution reduction.
It is now a party focussed on fighting for the rights of beneficiaries. It is focussed on legitimising benefit fraud, boosting welfare payments, and removing welfare obligations. . .
If the Greens were moderate on social and economic policy they could sit in the middle of the political spectrum like the Maori Party, able to go left or right.
Instead their environmental concerns are overshadowed by far-left social policy.
The party’s refusal to censure Turei has added to its troubles with only Clendon and Graham showing any integrity over the issue.