jonathan milne in the sunday herald is on the money..
he points out the greens are positioning themselves as “a vote for us, is a vote for a labour govt”; a stance some would question for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the dilution of the green message…and labour hardly have green credentials, eh?
milne also pinpoints the greens problems in auckland..
they started this parliamentary term with turei, tanczos, locke and bradford (sort of) as “our” auckland green party mps..locke is the only one left..(what did we say/do?)…
and whereas tanczos and locke have had high media profiles..none of these mps have been out and about and on the ground here in auckland very much..if at all
the party leadership(mainly south island based/in origin) also has a long history of neglecting/avoiding auckland and the party organisation/membership here…
they tend to suddenly realise this just before elections and then hector/load up the party stalwarts, (diminishing in number i must add; burnt out?), with tasks of sysiphian proportions..
an example being electorate fees for 26 electorates/low number of party members vs say, nelson, with large party membership and electorate fees for 1 electorate..
plus they load these stalwarts up with the task of running/doing the hard yacka of running the campaign in front of one third of the countries population/26 electorates again…whereas nelson..lots of party workers to run campaign in one electorate..
till the greens get their shit together and put the required energies and resources into auckland on an ongoing basis, they will not grow the party in this city….surely a case of endemic myopia on their part?
mind you, a recent conversation with the person charged with building the party organisation revealed an alarming lack of awareness of just what her job entailed….when asked what she had worked on last year to build the party (her official title/role), a long silence puntuated by an open and closing mouth and tumbleweeds rolling across the stage were my answer (cor!). she couldn’t think of one bloody thing…(double cor!)
it’s too late for this election of course..their best bet here/now would be to recruit as many footloose unencumbered experienced green campaigners from other parts of the country to come up here to sodom..and do the job..
also, many longtime greens are somewhat disillusioned by this new “pragmatism ” that sees the green party standing on a street corner going “coo-ee” at labour as they drive past..
and have the attitude “wtf are they thinking?”..”it can’t just be about personal ministerial ambitions, can it?” they muse/wonder..
“they wouldn’t put the party at risk for personal ambition, would they?”
(see the “dummys guide to the alliance”)