Sensible Green decision to stand in Northcote by-election

The Green Party has announced that it will stand a candidate in the Northcote by-election in June.

While a challenge to their meagre finances and a risk this is a sensible decision. They will be criticised for reducing Labour’s slim chance of winning the seat off National, but they would have been at risk of more damaging criticism if they had helped Labour by not standing a candidate.

That a win for National will have no effect on the balance of power in Parliament will have made this decision easier for the Greens.

Greens will be intent on differentiating from their Labour partner, this is critical for a support party on the cusp of the make or break MMP threshold.

And they will be keen to get measures of their their popularity and of their performance in Government with the Northcote voters.

A candidate has not been announced yet.

6 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  April 27, 2018

    YNZ POSTER SURVEY

    In your considered opinion, which of the following will the Green Party candidate most likely be:

    Sheila – Uptick
    Bloke – Downtick

    • Gezza

       /  April 27, 2018

      If Other – please specify in Comment below.

    • If they want to improve gender balance in their caucus it would have to be male, but their Northcote candidate last election was female.

      • Gezza

         /  April 27, 2018

        Not very LBTQWXYZ-friendly though, is it?

        • Gezza

           /  April 27, 2018

          Sorry – missed the G. I think there’s an A (for androgynous) and a C for celibate too, possibly. Hard to keep up with this intialism, tbh.

          • NOEL

             /  April 27, 2018

            Son said his gender familisation course suggest there are around 40 genders. Ask the presenter if he could he simplify things by addressing the person by name.
            Didn’t tell me the reply.