Jeanette Fitzsimons has today announced her resignation from Parliament, effective immediately.
With her will go any pretence that the Greens are an environment party first and foremost. The Greens' caucus now is from the hard left. Russel Norman is a former member of the Socialist Workers Party of Australia; Metiria Turei is a former anarchist; and Catherine Delahunty is a Marxist, and is quite frankly not of this planet!
So who will replace Mrs Green? Gareth Hughes, that's who. You may not have heard of him, but the Green Party website kindly provides his profile from the 2008 election. Hughes will become our youngest MP, and brings to the House such distinctions as "being arrested dressed as Ronald McDonald, climb buildings and unfurling a protest banner in Tiananmen Square, Beijing". He's also been an official delegate for Save Happy Valley, and as activist groups go, they don't get much more hard-line than that, in New Zealand anyway. So it's safe to assume that Gareth Hughes is of a similar ilk to those above him in the Greens' food chain. He's certainly no Jeanette Fitzsimons!
So let's have some honesty from the Greens. Let's put to one side any notion that they are moderates trying to save the planet one tree at a time. The Green Party is at the extreme left of the political spectrum. Let's hope that enough thinking voters come to realise that before the 2011 election that the Greens suffer the same fate as New Zealand First - oblivion.
The Greens are now officially the Watermelon Party - a thin veneer of green on the outside; blood read all the way through.