Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Mike Butler: Deluded Greens and Nat billboards
In 2005, which anti-Green pamphlets were connected to the Exclusive Brethren, and then to National Party leader Don Brash, reporters kept asking the questions until they chased the story down. In 2011, when the Green Party is under the spotlight, reporters seem quite happy to accept Russel Norman's apology and assertion that he had nothing to do with it and leave it at that.
Some questions to ask: Who paid the $500 to have the stickers printed? Where did the money come from? How were activists throughout NZ mobilised to put the stickers on Nat billboards? Was a Green Party list of email addresses used? If so, how did the self-confessed billboard sticker mastermind Jolyon White get access to that list? How much did his wife know, especially since she is the stood-down PA to Russel Norman? Can we really believe that over that time Norman did not know the plan was afoot?
Even if Norman did not know, it is apparent that a chunk of the Green Party was OK with this student-prank scheme, which is probably enough to prove what most people have suspected all along, that the Green Party is made up of a bunch of juveniles who lack the maturity to govern.
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