If political parties had to adhere to the Trade Descriptions Act the Green Party would be called the Reds and they’ve just voted to go redder:
South Auckland-based MP Marama Davidson will join James Shaw in the role of Green Party Co-leader, after the result of the leadership contest was announced this morning in Auckland.
Ms Davidson secured 110 delegate votes. Julie Anne Genter, the Minister for Women and Associate Minister of Transport and Health, also contested the Co-leadership role and won 34 votes. . .
The party is split between members with a radical left social and financial agenda and those whose focus is the environment.
Davidson represents the radical left side. She has a lot in common with the woman she replaced, Meteria Turei, and is more likely to reopen the wounds Turei and her departure created than heal them.
Her radical left agenda could also cause more headaches to the government her party supports.
It is also more likely to prove true Heather du Plessis-Allan’s prophesy that the party will disappear in a decade:
. . . If you assumed the co-leadership contest between Julie Anne Genter and Marama Davidson was simply about two women interviewing for a job, you’d be wrong. It was so much more than that.
These women are the yin and yang of the Greens. . .
This leadership battle was really a death match over which is more important to the Greens: the environment or beneficiaries. . .
This is why the Greens won’t last 10 years unless they make big changes. The split personality can’t go on living together. Not only is the animosity in the party too great, but not all voters who care about the environment also want to give hand outs to beneficiaries. . .
Oddly enough the biggest threat is coming from the party the Greens are mostly likely to hiss at: National.
There’s a long tradition of Blue-Greenness within the Nats and things are really starting to ramp up. In his first interviews in the job, new leader Simon Bridges couldn’t have made it clearer he plans to go greener.
Once all the other parties go green, the Greens will lose their big point of difference. And what are they when that’s gone? . . .
They’re a radical left party as shown by the small group of Young Greens who threatened to resign if Genter defeated Davidson.
Passing quickly over their disdain for democracy, there is an element of karma in that for Genter.
She called for old white men to get of boards . She is white and old (in comparison to the youth wing). But she is 38 and lost to the older (44) brown woman.