Green turmoil a massive bleeping blip

James Shaw is continuing to support Green co-leader Metiria Turei, and appears to be getting tough on the two MPs who have just removed themselves from the Green party list, threatening to suspend them from the party.

He seems oblivious to the damage being done to the party, and his actions are unlikely to help stem the bleeding.

RNZ:  Green Party in chaos after two MPs rebel

The Green Party is in chaos after the shock announcement by two of its MPs that they have lost confidence in co-leader Metiria Turei.

Speaking to media, Green Party co-leader James Shaw said he had a great deal of respect for both MPs but they could no longer stay on in the caucus.

“I’ll be moving a motion to suspend both of them from the Green Party caucus and I’ll be speaking to the executive about their membership of the Green Party and about formally removing them from the Green Party list.”

He says he has a great deal of respect for them and then in the same breath says he will make moves to formally suspend them from the Green caucus?

He acknowledged the situation was “messy” and apologised to party members for what had happened.

“I think this is just a blip”.

It’s a massive bleeping blip.

Dr Graham…

…said while he liked and respected Mrs Turei, he could not continue serving under her leadership.

He could not abide Mrs Turei’s comments appearing to condone other people breaking the law, he said.

“If that is party policy, I’m not in that party.”

Dr Graham said he first raised objections the night Mrs Turei made the admission while launching the party’s families’ package.

“The intent is not to damage the party,” Dr Graham told RNZ News. “The intention is… to seek to restore credibility and integrity.”

“It’s more in sorrow than anger. This is not an angry position.”

Mr Clendon…

…aid he made the decision with “genuine regret,” but believed Mrs Turei’s judgement was “flawed” in deciding to stay on.

The credibility of the whole party is now badly flawed.

More from Shaw from Stuff: James Shaw says MPs who quit put Greens election campaign at risk

Green co-leader James Shaw will move to suspend the two MPs who resigned and remove them from the party.

Shaw said the way in which the pair chose to go about their resignation was in violation of the Green Party values, and the party caucus felt betrayed by the way the pair had gone about quitting.

Supposed party values had already been trashed by Turei’s actions and admissions. Graham and Clendon seem to have become scapegoats for a Metiria created mess.

“I’m sorry to lose them. I respect the decision that Kennedy and Dave have made to remove themselves from the Green Party list and not to stand at the next election”.

“However, the way that they have chosen to go about it is strongly in violation of every Green Party norm, culture and process that we have.”

“What they are doing is placing the campaign at risk.”

The Green campaign was already in serious trouble.

Shaw said the caucus strongly backed Turei to continue.

“I have said all along that I supported Metiria’s choice to tell her story. I completely support what Metiria has done.”

Shaw acknowledged the situation was “messy” but said the party remained focused. He said the choice of Clendon and Graham to leave was not a sign the party was in meltdown.

“I think other political parties have been through a great deal worse than this … and come out healthy on the other side.”

Shaw is in La-La Land.