Green MP’s “disgusting legacy”

Steffan Browning hasn’t got the most illustrious of legacies in his parliamentary career. He has been in Parliament since 2011. From a video on his party profile:

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Browning has put a big brown stain on his career and on his Green Party with a dirty response to John Key’s valedictory speech.

From the Newshub report:

Green MP Steffan Browning scorned Mr Key’s “disgusting legacy”, posting an image of a glass full of a pale red liquid on his desk in Parliament.

“Thought John Key might like a little more blood for his valedictory speech, the day that we get confirmation of the raid he approved was responsible for innocent civilian deaths,” he wrote.

Mr Browning’s post was made on his private Facebook page, not his verified MP page – but he did tell Newshub earlier on Wednesday he wouldn’t be looking back on Mr Key’s time fondly.

“I don’t have a favourite memory of John Key, and I’m alarmed he’s not being held to account on the issue with our part in the wars in the Middle East – Afghanistan in particular,” he said.

“There’s nothing too good at all.”

This reflects poorly on Browning, and by association on the Green Party. He is another MP who has never been near being in government who has no idea about the realities of having the responsibility of running the country.

I hope the Greens distance themselves from this inappropriate gesture.

Browning won’t be standing for re-election from the Green list this year. If he had put himself forward again he would have struggled to get a good enough position on the Green list to get back in.

His most notable effort as an MP was in 2014 when Browning, while Green spokesperson for natural health products, signed an online petition supporting the use of homeopathy to treat the Ebola virus. That would risk more lives than John Key’s actions did.

Greens seem to have ditched a role of spokesperson for natural health products and are likely to have ditched Browning if he hadn’t indicated he would stand himself down.

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36 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd March 2017

    A stupid and embarrassing stunt from an idiot.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  23rd March 2017

      Why do he and Russel Norman spell their names as they do ?

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  2. artcroft

     /  23rd March 2017

    For Helen Clark the Greens proved to be useful idiots. To everyone else they are just idiots. They not even genuine environmentalists.

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  3. Ray

     /  23rd March 2017

    The Greens position on vaccination would kill more NZ children than anything PM John Key’s actions ever would.

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    • Blazer

       /  23rd March 2017

      what is their position…Ray?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  23rd March 2017

        They are against it. It isn’t important that measles can and does leave children blind in some cases, kill them or at best result in hospital stays. that’s nature’s way. Anyone who’s had mumps and doesn’t mind others having it is very selfish. I remember being in such agony that the slightest movement was all but unbearable-I was too old a child to want to cry, but I couldn’t help it, the pain was excruciating & I remember bawling as I crept across the room. I seem to have had a very bad case, but I wouldn’t wish mumps on anyone. Well, hardly anyone. Chickenpox can have bad side and later effects-it can go into the lungs.

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  4. Prince

     /  23rd March 2017

    Metiria Turei responded in a similar fashion to questions from the press yesterday. It is obviously the Greens ‘position’ to denigrate Key. The best response to this is via the ballot box – send them into single digits.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  23rd March 2017

      What bad taste the Greens are showing.

      The raid was hardly done at John Key’s sole behest as should have been obvious from the news story.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  24th March 2017

        The way some people are talking, you’d think that John Key et al had ordered the deaths of civilians deliberately.

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        • Blazer

           /  24th March 2017

          sending NZ forces to Afghanistan was a pet project of his….the yanks gave him …the message…’Noo Zeeland…..we ..don’t even ..have to ..ask’!

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  24th March 2017

            You illustrate Dryden’s saying that there is a pleasure, sure, in being mad, which none but madmen know.

            Yes, that message, complete with meaningless ellipses and incorrrect spelling and punctuation sounds very credible-I don’t think.

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  5. Corky

     /  23rd March 2017

    I must repeat, ad nauseaum, Lefties always revert to type. They can’t keep up pretences.
    This guy should have taken Arnica at a 30 potency before commenting.

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  6. Ray

     /  23rd March 2017

    Blazer, for a party that says the debate on climate change and sugar consumption is over, they are a bit loose on vaccination.
    Green Party policy is to sit on the fence on settled science because everyone in their party is yet to accept the settled science:

    “Our official position is influenced by the fact that we do not have a firm policy on it as we don’t have consensus from our members.”

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    • Blazer

       /  23rd March 2017

      @Ray..so how will that kill more children?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  23rd March 2017

        My impression is that they are opposed to it.

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        • Blazer

           /  23rd March 2017

          your impression does not align with the facts.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  23rd March 2017

            I would bet that they are mostly anti, like the people who think that healthy eating will stop their children catching diseases. Their website sounds anti.

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            • Blazer

               /  23rd March 2017

              do stop guessing ..dear…it makes you look,like a…flake.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  24th March 2017

              Not at all. There is guessing and guessing-an educated guess is not the same as a wild guess.If you believe that Greens are mostly pro-vaccine, then so be it.

              Childish personal insults do not a good argument make.

  7. Zedd

     /  23rd March 2017

    good onya Mr B 🙂

    good riddance to Mr K 😦

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  8. Blazer

     /  23rd March 2017

    what a fake…

    Here is an exert from a speech JK gave:

    ‘It’s those aspects of the home affordability crisis that I want to concentrate on today.
    But first, let’s take a minute to look at the enormity of this problem.

    It wasn’t so long ago, in the 1990s, in fact, that New Zealand had a high level of home ownership compared to other countries. Not so anymore. We now have what has been described as the second worst housing affordability problem in the world.

    Make no mistake; this problem has got worse in recent years. Home ownership declined by 5% between the 2001 and 2006 census to just 62.7%. To put that into context, home ownership for the preceding five years had been stable at 67.4%.

    If you dig down into those numbers a little deeper, some worrying facts emerge. The share of homes owned by people aged 20 to 40 dropped significantly between 2001 and 2006. Young people – the people we most want to prevent joining the great Kiwi brain-drain – are really struggling to get onto the property ladder.

    This decline shows no signs of slowing. In fact, on current trends, the crisis will only deepen. Home ownership rates are predicted to plummet to 60% within the next decade. And one of the biggest factors influencing home-ownership rates over the next 10 years will be the difficulty young buyers will have getting into their first home.

    This problem won’t be solved by knee-jerk, quick-fix plans. And it won’t be curbed with one or two government-sponsored building developments.

    Instead, we need government leadership that is prepared to focus on the fundamental issues driving the crisis. National is ready to provide that leadership. Earlier this month I announced our four-point plan for improving home affordability.’

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  23rd March 2017

      In hindsight they should have fixed the bureaucracy in their first term when they had the numbers to pass the necessary legislation. But hindsight is easy when you don’t have a full force GFC which is collapsing property values anyway followed by an earthquake destruction of your second city.

      It’s especially easy for B.

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      • Blazer

         /  23rd March 2017

        they’ve had 8 years to address the issue.In 2007 he called housing a ..crisis,but you can never get him or Smitty to utter that word…these days.Key was a charlatan,and this exert is a convincing reason why he deserves that label.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  23rd March 2017

          No they didn’t because the opposition parties you support refuse to reform the bureaucracy and they didn’t have enough votes.

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  9. Jeeves

     /  23rd March 2017

    The A team._._._._.Mediocrity at it’s finest.

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  10. John Schmidt

     /  23rd March 2017

    As a Marlbarian I have on occasion found myself near this prick as we move in our different circles of life. He makes my blood boil everytime our paths cross.

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  11. Green co-leader James Shaw said it was fair to express strong opinions but not in this manner. They have “had words to Steffan” and said his actions were “inappropriate and out of line”.

    That sounds like a mild rebuke.

    Reply

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