Martyn Bradbury is now advising the Greens on how to organise their party list – Green Party Members Special: Ranking the top 20 Green Party candidates. I presume this is on a voluntary basis.
I doubt many Green Party members will take his advice too seriously given his record with promoting party success, but he has some interesting information on how the Greens advise their own members in ranking their list.
This process is more important than ever before for the Greens because in September there is a real chance to change the Government so these candidates won’t just be representing the Party, they will probably be in Caucus, so selection based on merit, talent and diversity are more important than ever.
Of course there is a real chance to change the Government in September, just like there was in 2014 and 2011 where the votes for government change just came up short.
But suggesting “they will probably be in Caucus”is a tad optimistic at this stage of election year.
Then Bradbury does his own Green list – here are abbreviated comments.
1 – Metiria Turei – She just gets better and better.
But her (and Green Party) appeal to voters appears to have plateaued so that doesn’t reflect in polls.
2 – James Shaw – Look, I’ll be blunt, I’m not a James Shaw fan. He’s pretty invisible most of the time and I’ve never warmed to the bloke, but the incredible skill and talent Shaw does bring is that he calms business and industry the fuck down.
Shaw is yet to live up to expectations. I doubt his lack of impact so far, plus continued concerns about Green policies, are likely to have changed business and industry views.
3 – Marama Davidson – As far as I’m concerned, she’s the Beyonce of the NZ Political world. All hail the Queen.
I’m not sure that New Zealand’s political world wants a Beyonce. Davidson hasn’t been in Parliament a full term yet (she replaced Russel Norman off this list).
4 – Jan Logie – Jan is a political superstar.
5 -Gareth Hughes – The guys is just such a brain. You need a clever policy wonk like Hughes at the Cabinet Table if you want to effect real policy change.
Hughes has never had much impact and his brain seems more interested in family now he’s a father.
6 – Julie Anne Genter – The Greens always do incredibly poorly in Auckland, and they desperately require an Auckland personality who can champion their cause. Genter could be our smartest Minister for Transport we’ve ever had in NZ history.
But Bradbury has already ranked Beyonce at 3 on the list, Davidson is also from Auckland.
7 -Barry Coates – Thrusting Bazza up this high is a nod to his huge activist support base and the incredible work he has done fighting TPPA.
Coates became an MP in October last year so could do with a tad more parliamentary experience. While large TPPA protests were organised they did nothing to change New Zealand’s stance on the trade deal.
8 – Mojo Mathers – Mojo’s own hearing impairment gives her true insight into disability issues and makes her a leader in Parliament. She and the electorate she represents deserves recognition.
But is she really ministerial material? She is a useful advocate but there is no Minister of Hearing Impairment (yet).
9 – Chloe Swarbrick – Chloe should be in the top 10 folks, the woman is a political event.
She will have to prove herself within the Green Party first and probably has a long way to go on that let alone as a potential MP.
10 – Damon Rusden – He has guest blogged on The Daily Blog many times and his intellect and creative mind are surprisingly refreshing and he shows a worldview well beyond his 22 years of age.
I keep an eye on The Daily Blog and haven’t heard of him. Neither he nor Swarbrick are anywhere near ready to be ministers but even if they got in at 9 and 10 on the list (they won’t) Greens won’t get that many ministers unless they double their vote.
11 – David Clendon – David is an old hand and has enough experience behind him now to act as one of the Party’s internal guardians when it comes to process.
He is currently ranked 10 in the Green line up.
12 – Eugenie Sage – Very intelligent and smart on the environment, but just hasn’t built enough of a profile to the wider electorate.
Which Green MPs have built enough of a popular profile in the wider electorate? Approximately none.
13 – Golriz Ghahraman – Has there been a more perfect candidate?
According to Bradbury, yes, as he has ranked 12 others higher including two with very little experience at anything apart from growing up.
14 – James Goodie – Interesting guy, has huge networks of influence in Auckland.
Haven’t heard of him.
15 – Robert Stewart – Huge networks in Dunedin where he has serious support.
Will he take over from Turei in Dunedin North where Greens have done very well? He is pushing for it – It wasn’t all a waste of time – having stood for Internet Mana in 2014.
16 – Sam Taylor
17 – Julie Zhu
18 -Dr Elizabeth Kerekere
19 – Stefan Grand-Meyer
20 – Jo Wrigley
I haven’t heard of any of them. Having Zhu ranked 17 isn’t very representative for the Asian demographic.
Current MPs missing from Bradbury’s list:
- Catherine Delahunty (not standing again)
- Kennedy Graham (currently ranked 7)
- Denise Roche (she beat Chlöe Swarbrick to stand for the Greens in Auckland Central)
- Steffan Browning (not standing again)
Greens currently have 14 MPs and on current polling might struggle to get that again this year.
Bradbury has chosen 12 females which isn’t balanced.