The Herald reports:
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says her party’s 25th year has been its most successful yet.
Opening the party’s AGM in Auckland this morning, Mrs Turei marked the quarter-century anniversary of the Greens and its previous incarnations The Values Party and the Alliance.
“We are still here,” she told a crowd of around 200 delegates.
“Not one single party other than National and Labour that stood in the 1990 election is still around, let alone doing better than ever.”
The Greens are still around, and will remain a permanent force in politics. But while they have been around for 25 years, they have also never achieved Government in 25 years. Who has achieved Government:
- NZ First
- United Future
- Right of Centre
- Maori Party
And when will the Greens achieve Government? Well let’s be generous and says Labour wins in 2017 but they can only do so with Winston. Greens blocked out. So Labour-NZ First until 2023. Then National comes back in and say nine years of National. So realistically Greens might get into Government in 2032 – 42 years after 1990.
Mrs Turei was introduced as the “senior female politician in Opposition” and received a standing ovation.
Really? I think Annette King might disagree with that. Annette entered Parliament when Turei was at school.