David Hay has blogged J’Accuse: bullying in the Green Party about what he thinks is the real problem he has become the centre of – a classic conflict between environmental Greens and social justice/socialist Greens.
What this is about, actually, is an attempt by a group within the Green Party to stack the next Green caucus with “Left of Labour” MPs. This faction thinks that environmental and ecological issues are secondary to social justice issues; they see the party’s role as “the conscience of government” and our future as a minor coalition partner in a Labour-led government.
I am, very openly, part of the Green Party membership that thinks differently. It is my view that environmental and ecological problems are central to the Green Party’s political position; that we should become a party of government, one day leading the government; and that we can only achieve that by appealing to a broader centre-left constituency. Which means being complementary to Labour, in the short term, but ultimately replacing it as the party of the centre-left.
So the bullies’ agenda is political, not personal.
But now, under Metiria and Russel’s leadership, the “Left of Labour” group has become greedy for power. It controls the key committees, including the candidate selection committee and the party executive. It maintains a pretence of consensus decision-making, but not the substance.
Russel and Metiria’s leadership, by their actions and omissions, is withering the Green Party.
This whole debacle is mostly about politics: the direction and future of the party, and the lack of viable candidates and MPs-in-waiting in Auckland.
I have had an exchange with Marama Davidson today on The Daily Blog starting with someone else’s question being fobbed off – she is rated as a must have MP in left/green circles and labels herself a “Social justice advocate”. She had done a post promoting herself, dissing David Hay and then when asked questions tried to say “No. Move along”.
Interestingly on a hard leftie blog I was getting thumbs up and Davidson was getting thumbs down. This suggests all is not one happy Green camp on the Green left.