Friday, October 31, 2014
The Greens are wacky?
It is a bit like a game of pin the tail on the donkey, the National Government and their supporters are desperately attempting to stick the wacky label on the Greens again, but it is becoming harder to make it stick. National has great difficulty dealing with a stronger and more credible Green Party and Key himself has admitted that Green MPs provide a challenging opposition, "They go hard, they go really hard..."
Green Party policy has a strong base of research and evidence and anyone who took the time to view our full policy documents during the election campaign would have noted the comprehensive referencing. We were the only party to have our fiscal costings independently analyzed and made that analysis publicly available.
Steffan Browning's support of an online petition was unfortunate and has been leapt on with great enthusiasm as clear proof of craziness. Although the Greens have no policy to support homeopathy (and unlikely to) and Browning himself has withdrawn his support of the petition the hysteria around this will probably continue for some time.
The National Party have the advantage of winning the election through the popularity of its leader. As the incumbent conservative party, National's policies actually represent failing ideology that has become familiar to many (the devil you know...). Anything outside of current practice can conveniently become labeled as crazy.
A deep breath, less hysteria and a little bit of thought will reveal which party is really the wackiest.
Surely a party that continually denies the seriousness of climate change and does little to reverse New Zealand's growing greenhouse gas emissions is a little wacky.
A government that wants to spend $13 billion on motorways when traffic volumes have flatlined and demand for public transport has grown is wacky.
Refusing to measure child poverty so that targets can be set and progress tracked seems worryingly wacky.
Artificially supporting a dying party that struggles to get 1% and has had numerous MPs not meet basic standards of conduct is wacky.
John Key claiming to want a world without toilets is actually very wacky.
For the Prime Minister to have a close relationship with the most unprincipled blogger in New Zealand must be wacky.
A party that had three Ministers decide that Novopay was good to go took wacky to new and expensive levels ($43 million).
Gerry Brownlee's slagging of Finland was a definite leap into the world of wacky.
The Anne Tolley and Judith Collins joint attack on Metiria Turei's clothes was straight out of a wacky pantomime.
For Key to continue to back a Minister who has very little public support, has had two decisions reversed through legal action and cannot build a working relationship with the sector she is responsible for, is super wacky.
If I were to suggest replacing an experienced electorate MP, who happens to be the deputy leader and Finance Minister, with a 24 year old who thinks lobbying for a tobacco company provided him with legitimate and useful experience is a good idea...(wacky?).
Steffan Browning is a hard working MP who has held the Government to account for regulations around food safety, its underfunding of biosecurity and unnecessary spying. I was pleased that Steffan was able to get back in as our 14th MP and I am sure he has learned a valuable lesson about late night signings of online petitions. I think people should be more worried about a party that selects MPs who go beyond the odd miss step and nearly every step becomes a concern. The misuse Parliamentary credit cards and bullying waiters move way beyond the signing of an online petition to me.
I know where I would pin the 'wacky' tail, and it does rhyme with donkey...