The Herald reports on an interesting development from the Green Party's AGM:
The Green Party has ramped up its personality politics, directly accusing Paula Bennett and Prime Minister John Key of stripping away the welfare and education systems they both benefited from in their youth.The party insisted it was not indulging in personal attacks but instead holding ministers to account for policies which were harmful and intrusive.But the Greens' strong rhetoric at its annual meeting, backed by members who hissed at the National-led Government's policies, marked a slight departure from the party's usual, more restrained criticism.
Now we see why the Greens have the two-headed leadership; it's good cop-bad cop. Russell Norman is the one who articulates policy and projects the Greens as a moderate party, vying for the centre-left and eating up Labour's support. On the other hand Metiria Turei, self confessed anarchist and former ALCP and MacGillicuddy Serious candidate does the personal stuff. By indulging in the politics of envy, Ms Turei is trying the neutralise any gains made by the Mana Party is poaching the hard Left vote.
It's odd though to see the Greens getting involved in personal stuff, at least publicly. Russel Norman let his mask slip in the House a couple of weeks ago, and now Metiria Turei has declared war. It's also though an indictment of the poor job that Labour's rising star Jacinda Ardern is doing in opposing Paula Bennett.