Marama Davidson on the budget – more ‘grate Greens’ than ‘great Greens’

Green co-leader Marama Davidson’s response to the budget gushed Green greatness, as well as smooching smugness while ignoring why the Government has a healthy surplus with which to invest in some green projects.

This Budget begins the process of rebuilding our public services. Restoring our health and education systems. Putting in place the foundations for our future. The foundations for a Green future.

A real government builds houses and shelters the homeless. National stuffed around as rents and house prices exploded.

A real government funds hospitals to deliver the best healthcare in the world to our people. National blew smoke rings while mould grew in the walls of Middlemore Hospital, where three of my babies were born.

A real government thinks the justice system is for delivering justice, not feeding Māori and Pasifika men and women to the private prison industry.

This is what we campaigned for: a real government. A government that takes action rather than kicking the tyres. A government that builds, not a government that shuts things down.

People ask why we didn’t go with National and focus on environmental stuff. But being Green means understanding how our social and economic systems fuel the destruction of our environment.

The environment doesn’t sit in a box on a shelf. Mama nature is all around us. She affects our lives, and our actions affect her, every minute of the day. 💚💚💚

The issues facing our environment – water and air and native species – are connected to the issues facing our society – low wages, high rents, mental health, violence and discrimination.

These all have roots in an economic system which isn’t broken – it’s working exactly as intended, siphoning off the wealth we all create into the hands of a few who missed kindy the day we were taught to share.

This Budget has the largest redistribution of wealth since the Mother of All Budgets, but more Robin Hood than Ruth Richardson – helping those who need it the most. That’s what a real government does.

When National were in government, they were so focused on the surplus they ignored the massive moral deficit: families living in cars. Hungry kids. Toxic rivers, dying kauri and dead dolphins.

National certainly struggled to deal adequately with some problems, but they did try. And the current Government has the benefit of a healthy economy and a growing surplus with which they can fund more initiatives – in large part thanks to the careful financial management of National.

Claiming moral superiority means Davidson has a lot to deliver on, and she is a long way from doing that yet.

Today we’re turning the waka around. We’ve ensured every rental will be warm, dry and well ventilated. We’ll fix Auckland’s transport issues. We’re delivering real justice and aroha to the families of the Pike 29.

We’ll deliver a rent-to-own scheme in KiwiBuild, more services for mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, and overhaul our welfare system to focus on helping people, not reading their Tinder profiles.

We’ll transform Aotearoa into the country we know it can be. Where kids grow up in warm, dry homes in vibrant cities and towns, and can swim in the river and drink water from the tap without getting sick.

A country where everyone who works has a decent income and a good life, and paid employment is not the only kind of work we acknowledge and value.

A country which honours and does MORE than just honour te Tiriti o Waitangi. A country which leads the world in tackling the global problems of climate change, inequality and injustice.

There’s a lot of idealistic maybes there.

We’re not just managing until the next election: we are governing for the next century, planning for the world our mokopuna will inherit: one built on love and community and kaitiakitanga.

This government is going to transform our country. We are so proud to stand with our friends in Labour and New Zealand First and vote for this Budget.

Some of her claims are a bit premature. The world won’t be transformed into a Green nirvana with one largely unremarkable budget.

Greens have only just got their feet under the Government table. They have a lot to deliver yet if they are to achieve what Davidson is claiming.

And her divisive ‘them versus the great us’ moral superiority attitude does not look like ‘one built on love and community and kaitiakitanga’.

More humbleness and more results would help achieve some real and significant Green achievements,

The attitude that Davidson has brought to the top of her Party is more ‘grate Greens’ rather than ‘great Greens’. That’s a real shame.

I applaud some of what the Greens are bringing to budget decisions, but I cringe at how some of their ideals are delivered.

 

21 Comments

  1. Traveller

     /  May 18, 2018

    Hubby and I listened to a few of these this morning.

    I had cause to wonder at the choice of her as co-leader. Not a sign of the pragmatic, not a sign of fulsome, not a sign of visionary , no cohesion, just a lone fairy sprinkling dull green stardust.

    If Ms Gaza thinks that sailing into Parliament spouting like a a whale is going to cut the mustard she sorely mistaken.

    • Gezza

       /  May 18, 2018

      She’ll have to go, then! 😠
      🤔
      Who else have they got? 😳

      • Traveller

         /  May 18, 2018

        JAG

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 18, 2018

          She sounds fulsome here, I think.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 18, 2018

            And much of what she says is babbling. When did any government look at Tinder profiles to decide whether someone is to have a benefit ? What rubbish !

            How can they ensure that houses are ventilated unless they go around and open windows for those too stupid to do this themselves ?

            They are putting people in motels after abusing National for this.

            I drink tap water and it doesn’t make me ill. Most people do.

            The Middlemore situation has been exposed as nonsense. Everyone knows this except Mrs Davidson, which is a worry.

            She sounds smug, self-satisfied and ignorant. If she stopped talking, global warming would be solved at once.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 18, 2018

    Am I right in thinking the increase in DoC’s budget was more than funded by a big cut in the Environment ministry budget?

  3. sorethumb

     /  May 18, 2018

    The environment doesn’t sit in a box on a shelf. Mama nature is all around us. She affects our lives, and our actions affect her, every minute of the day. 💚💚💚
    …..
    like over population. She has 8 kids.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 18, 2018

      6, I think. She may not know what’s causing it yet, so it will be 8 .

  4. Zedd

     /  May 18, 2018

    Greens in Govt. YAHOOO, About Time !

    Natl were happy to sing the ‘100% PURE & Clean Green’ song (in Govt.).. but when it comes to actual ‘Green Issues’ they had to admit, ‘it was purely; a marketing strategy’ : NOT based In Reality
    Time to actually get Aotearoa/NZ back on track with this Agenda for cleaning up the environment.. not just talking about it :/

    • Traveller

       /  May 18, 2018

      Greens see baddies and goodies. They’re the goodies. The rest of us 94% are the baddies.

      They’re the exalted experts and guardians. Their credentials? None whatsoever, apart from appointing themselves as virtue signallers and arrogant.

      For the most part the rest of us get on with our lives, caring deeply for our land, planting, nurturing, reaping, replenishing and being faithful stewards of this Aotearoa. We’re not always perfect but we deeply love this land, we learn and we grow and we can well do without their punitive hatemongering.

      • Grimm

         /  May 18, 2018

        “one built on love and community and kaitiakitanga”

        Nope Marama, we tried that for quite a few centuries. Those that didn’t die during child birth only lived into their 20’s or 30’s to enjoy your “love”

      • Blazer

         /  May 18, 2018

        gee.you’ll have me in tears…what emotional ,insincerity…

        • Grimm

           /  May 18, 2018

          Just pointing out that it’s capitalism, science and fossil fuels that keep her in the style she is accustomed to.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  May 18, 2018

            Not quite, Grimm (first post). There have always been people who lived to a reasonable old age, but higher infant mortality makes it seem as people lived shorter lives generally than they actually did because it lowers the ‘average’.The number of deaths in childbirth was never as high in the past as it’s made out to be now, although it was, of course, higher than it is now.Many women lived to be grandmothers.

            I assume that fossil fuels transported her to the hospital, kept the hospital going, and transported her and the 6 back home. Capitalism provided the vehicles and science invented them, I suppose !

            • Grimm

               /  May 18, 2018

              Just 100 years ago the average age of death was around 45yrs.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  May 18, 2018

              Your figure of 45 years is at best misleading. In 1918 many New Zealanders were dying young in World War One and the Influenza Pandemic. Or maybe just another of your…fairytales!

            • Grimm

               /  May 18, 2018

              Well picj another year, say 1913? No war then? Go check the NZ Yr Book for that year, think you’ll find what you’re looking for.

              While you’re there ,you’ll find a chart showing the number of people by age considered “Lunatics and Feeble-minded”. Slot ypourself in there somewhere.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  May 18, 2018

              Grimm
              Noun: A racist, brainless tool who is full of themselves and has no idea what the hell they are doing.

              (Urbandictionary.com)

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  May 18, 2018

              Yes, the average was lower,but that figure is, as I said, misleading because higher infant and child mortality made a difference.

              Average life and average life expectancy may well be different.

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