Archive for August, 2008

Strategising the ETS

August 31, 2008

There was much heated debate last week about whether or not the Greens should support the Emmissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Yes, it has come to this. Such is the degree of difficulties with Labour that supporting a piece of legislation that would contribute towards vital Green goals of countering climate change could be strongly argued to be against Green interests.

But Jeanette probably made the right decision. The Greens are, after all, the only party that actually makes its policies known, and then acts upon them (I’ll investigate that claim more thoroughly shortly). We did support it, it will go through, and we’re all still here. Anyone who seriously believes the we would have gained more votes off National supporters by derailing it is clearly more interested in us as a foil for Labour than as a real political entity with a mandate from real voters to serve and protect a real environment.

We’re all still here.

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Britomart Friday night

August 29, 2008

AK’s not so bad of an eve. Brilliant Chris Marker videxhibit at Gus Fisher gallery. Lawrence Simmons and I traded insults with Nick Perry antagonising ascerbically in all directions. Martina and Chris not much better. Everything fell apart quicker than you can say Winston Peters.

Arrived here at Britomart having to wait a solid half hour – longer – for the next damn train. WIfe bitterly dissapointed and putting up magnificent show of not showing it.

Saw John careful-how-you-spell-it Carapiet and that was brilliant. He’s running in Helen’s Mt Albert. The thing is, you have to run a candidate, even if all you’re really interested in is the electoral¬† list. Doesn’t matter if no-one votes for you, you can still do heaps of good in the area just by virture of being a candidate.

15 minutes till the train. Gonna post this, figure out how to change the dorky tagline under the blog heading, get on the goddam train and get back.

Who will you vote for?

August 28, 2008

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