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The hatred of the Greens is visceral

The Editor,  The DomPost,  Wellington

04/09/2020

New Zealand First has been the destroyer of many of the main promises of the Labour Party from the last election (Cap Gains Tax), but where have been the complaints and insults of Winston?  (Thanks to Sharon Murdock, Friday, for illustrating this reality, as she always manages to do.)  Contrast that to the wave of heat against Greens Co-Leader James Shaw for a comparatively minor offence.

Yes, the Green private school grant and loan was against Green Party policy, and yes, Shaw has been out of step with the party membership for some time.  But that doesn’t explain the vitriol from pundits and politicians. The visceral hatred of the Greens is always close to the surface.  The Greens have been right too many times in vocalizing the challenging (terrifying) changes necessary to move forward in a nuclear weapon filled, climate change world with growing inequality that they exist unforgiven.

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

 


It’s Labour that is Labour-lite, not The Greens

The Editor,  The Dominion Post (and Weekender),  Wellington

03/09/2020

Sue Smith (03/09) claims that the Greens have become ‘Labour-lite’, but she has it backward; Labour is Labour-lite! Read the rest of this entry »


Virus ignorance has led to a major shakeup in NZ politics

The Editor,  The Sunday Star Times,  Auckland

17/07/2020

 

There was a similarity between the demise of the Nats’ Hamish Walker and that of Labour’s David Clark.  In both cases, they have been downed by a serious flaw in the approach to the virus by their respective party leaderships. Read the rest of this entry »


Greens new co-leader less scary?

The Editor, The Wellingtonian,

15 June, 2015

Dear Editor;

The problem with Gordon Campbell’s observation (Wellingtonian, 4 June) that some pundits say voters might be less reluctant to vote Green with James Shaw as co-leader is that it rests on the notion that the electorate looks on the Greens as a bit flaky or worse.   Read the rest of this entry »