However, the Greens have a dilemma. On the one hand they must pander to the emotions of their sanctimonious followers. On the other, if they want to have wider appeal, they have to offer something more than bullshit to the practical people of this world. Hoskings suggest they have found a solution in hypocrisy. I would concur.
It’s difficult to know where to start with the Greens’ policy of banning all deep sea oil drilling. Just where do they think we’ll get the oil from? Just where do we think they’ll replace the money we get from the licenses for deep sea drilling?
As much as they love the environment, the world does still operate on oil. And even if their utopian dream of everyone eating homegrown veges, driving oil free cars and living in carbon neutral houses does come true, it is still several lifetimes away. So in the meantime back in the real world, it behoves us to provide the world what it wants and needs and what it wants and needs is oil.
Anyone who lives in or visited Taranaki lately will know the value of oil. In fact Taranaki is a good example. The Greens don’t like dairying either given it pollutes the waterways. So take the cows and the rigs out of Taranaki and just what is it the Greens are putting in places to replace the billions lost, not to mention the jobs?
Anyway, here’s the real issue. None of this is ever going to happen. Why? Because the Greens don’t truly believe in it. If they did they’d make it a bottom line in their coalition negotiations, which they haven’t. Which means that if they get to sit down with Labour and cut a deal, this is one of the policies that will go by the wayside because Labour is not ruling out deep sea drilling because (in this area anyway) they’re economic realists.
I get that the Greens need to put policy out. And I get that some of that policy is designed to grow their vote. But history shows us the Greens are about a 10 percent party, and broadly we know what they’re about. So those that are of that persuasion are already aware of what they stand for and have made their choice.
To swing more votes their way they need polices that are rock solid and I would have thought from a Greens point of view deep sea drilling is one. Why would you vote for a party where you’ve got no idea what’s going to come out in the wash if they ever get to put together a potential deal for government? If you’re attracted to the Green Party because you passionately believe we shouldn’t be deep sea drilling, how are you going to feel when that policy doesn’t happen due to the fact they gave it away?
National has done well by telling people what’s coming up. The asset sales for all their controversy at least wasn’t a surprise. If the Greens can’t draw a line under major platforms, just what is it you’re thinking you’re getting by voting for them?
People and parties have to have principals. You can have stuff that is tradeable but there needs to be baselines. The Greens are all about the environment and either they believe in offshore drilling or they don’t. If they don’t they don’t. And if they don’t, it’s a deal breaker. If it’s not a deal breaker, you can quite rightly ask how serious they really are.
What I don't take issue with is that the Greens are hypocrites. Absolutely no doubt about that whatsoever. Hypocrisy is the oil that lubricates their party machine.