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Not cool

So Green party co-leader Marama Davidson has received death threats on social media. 

This comes after Auckland City Council’s decision to refuse right-wingers Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux access to speak at council-owned venues, for fear of stirring up hate.

Davidson tweeted her support, and got death threats as a result.

I don’t agree with Davidson here. I think they should have a right to express their views, despite my personal distaste for them.

However, sending death threats is a) a dick move, b) really hurtful to the victim, and c) against the law.

I can’t believe I have to say this, but here it goes:

Don’t send people death threats.

Just don’t.

It’s really not that hard.

More thoughts on Davidson being co-leader

Here’s some more of my analysis on Marama Davidson’s election as co-leader.

National, in a way, will be relived. There’s no chance of a teal deal with Davidson at the helm, meaning they no longer have any reason to go with environmental policies.

Labour will be concerned. Any voters that the Greens will now be going for will be potential Labour voters, which could concern them.

James Shaw might be worried. Marama Davidson was built in the image of Metiria Turei – the same “radical” branch of the greens which hurt their vote so much last year.

Whether or not Davidson was the right choice for the greens, however, remains to be seen.

No chance of a teal deal

Marama Davidson has became Green party co-leader, winning in a landslide vote.

And that shows that the Greens have made the choice to stay to the left, and socialist.

And this should be concerning for National.

Unlike Julie Anne Genter, Marama Davidson represents the core, left-wing values of the party, and that has effectively sealed them into only ever being a coalition partner for Labour.

With both Davidson and Shaw as leaders, there is no love for National in the Green Party.

So, for 2020, National will have to look elsewhere for a coalition partner. Who can that coalition partner be? Well, that’s the problem.

Julie Anne Genter – The high risk high reward candidate

Several Green Party members have threatened to quit if Julie Anne Genter becomes female co-leader.

Minster for Women Julie Anne Genter is facing off against deputy whip and back bencher Marama Davidson in the female co-leadership election.

If the Greens go with Julie Anne Genter, it would mean a move to the right for the Greens, and an opportunity to dip into a new voter base – at the risk of isolating their current one.

If the Greens go with Davidson, it means things will remain relatively the same as they were under Metira Turei – socialist and staying true to their current voter base, at the risk of not getting a shot at any other voter bases.

And the fact that members are threatening to quit if Genter wins shows just how much of a gamble she is.

With the possibility of an entirely new voter base while at the same time, possibly losing their current one, Genter is the high risk, high reward candidate.

Davidson may be the safer choice – But as Labour continues to slowly eat the Green’s vote, perhaps a radical change is needed.

The pickle the Greens are stuck in

As the Greens co-leadership election continues, the pickle they are stuck in becomes more apparent.

Currently, there are two confirmed candidates: Marama Davidson and Julie Anne Genter. Both of them represent different perspectives of the Green party.

Marama Davidson represents the left wing perspective of the Greens, and the status quo. She’s Metira Turei’s heir. Due to her left-wing status, she widely considered the favourite.

But the Greens have a problem if they stick with the status quo.

Jacinda’s popularity is still on the rise. Labour is going up in the polls, although, at least for the moment, most of the support is coming from NZ First.

But the drain from NZ First will only last for so long.

Eventually, assuming Labour’s popularity continues to go up, Labour will start to suck even more support from the Greens.

And if the Greens stay as far left as they are, there is no where we they can pick up any more support from.

And even if Davidson proves successful in raising the Green vote, almost all the support she pulls in will come from Labour – meaning that there is unlikely to be a win-win situation for the current government.

That brings us to the other candidate in the race: Julie Anne Genter.

Julie Anne Genter is seen as being towards the right when it comes to the Green party at large. This has seen her pick up an endorsement from Mike Hosking – a right wing commentator.

Unlike Davidson, Genter has the opportunity to pick up support from National. But if she does so, she risks isolating the left wing perspective of the party – meaning that a net loss in the next election is very possible.

There is one more possibility.

While Eugenie Sage has not yet confirmed she will run, she has been widely speculated to.

Sage is seen very much as the “compromise candidate” in the race.

Assuming she runs and wins, the hope will be that she can draw in the best from both worlds – Keep the left-wing branch happy while drawing National voters.

But this comes at the risk of isolating both groups – meaning Sage could well be the riskiest candidate there is.

The Green party co-leadership election will probably be the most interesting event of the year.

And with it likely to be the last co-leadership election for at least a decade, this is one of the biggest choices that the Greens will have to make.

All options are risky.

So whichever way they go, hard work will be required to pull it off.

Marama Davidson running

Henry Cooke at Stuff writes:

Backbench Green MP Marama Davidson has officially announced her bid to be the new co-leader of the Green Party.

The position has been vacant since Metiria Turei resigned in August, but the party’s constitution mandates that there must be a male and female co-leader.

Davidson is the first contender out the gate and picked by many as the favourite. Nominations opened on Friday and will close next Friday.

Very interesting. Davidson is regarded as the “left-wing candidate,” and one of the most socially liberal MPs within the Green party.

In short, Davidson is seen as Turei’s successor.

The election of the Green party female co-leader will indicate whether the Greens will be favoring either socialism or environmentalism.

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