WHY THE GREENS ARE GUTLESS
Personally, I have never had a problem putting the Greens last.
I had, and continue to have, a great deal of respect for genuine environmentalists – people like Bob Brown and many who support the Greens in a genuine belief that it is the right thing to do.
The real deal… Bob Brown via The Punch.
I do not find myself in disagreement with many of their policies. I need to stress and make clear that what really offends me about the Greens is their political strategy and the means they use to maintain their electoral appeal.
If you understand that strategy then all else about the Greens falls into place.
I have seen the Greens up close in the NSW Parliament, in local government in inner-city Sydney and been opposed by them.
I regard them as destructive opportunists, not interested in governing and fundamentally, gutless.
Regardless of denials to the contrary, they never concern themselves with the exigencies and complexities of governing. No going to a budget committee and preparing a submission for the Greens. No explaining why the treasurer and or cabinet colleagues should cut an important portfolio’s budget to fund their project du jour.
When you’re Green, money just grows on trees.
Now they are squealing about Labor having a re-think on preferences.
Perhaps they would like to explain why they did not preference Labor in NSW in the 2011 election?
Who could forget Sarah Hanson-Young’s (left) performance on ABC’s Q&A, mid-year 2010.
When repeatedly asked if Greens preferences would put Tony Abbott in The Lodge, she squirmed, ducked and weaved, hiding behind the mantra of how people allocate a preference was their personal choice.
Despite being a party that concerns itself primarily with the natural environment, when it comes to the lower house the Greens only seriously target the most inner-city urbanised, gentrified seats. At local level they are ever the populist.
Inner-city Sydney also has significant public housing estates… Never knew the Greens to take any interest in that constituency. (Mind you, public housing tenants are not known to be vocal about local issues nor are they green voting. No mileage in them.)
The infamous intransigence of the Greens should not be mistaken for admirable adherence to strongly held values. It is, in fact, a political strategy.
The Greens know only too well that their heartland would shrink if they deviated from the platform to achieve a sensible outcome.
In other words, just like every other political party they have an eye to maintaining their vote.
In some ways I would not expect the Greens to do otherwise, but they make such a meal of “not being politicians”.
Their unique selling proposition is their purity and they are not going to give it up as a matter of survival and political expediency. I just wish they would admit it because anyone who has seen them up close knows it to be true.
They know they cannot afford to be seen for the politicians that they are.
To me that is the ultimate fraud. Pretending not to be politicians.
Let me be really controversial here…
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