A Green finance spokesperson is like an ash tray on a motorbike


The Greens have made the right call handing the crucial finance role to their co-leader James Shaw.


Sixteen months too late, perhaps, but the right call.

The “promotion” was part of the reshuffle necessitated by Kevin Hague’s resignation.

It was not that Julie Anne Genter was failing – far from it.

Indeed. ?Nobody realised she had it.

But giving Shaw the role was a strategic must. He has long been the go-to guy for media comment on economic issues, building on the business credentials he brought to the job. That made it hard for Genter to be heard.

And a strong finance voice among the leadership is a real boon. Former leader Russel Norman illustrated that, using it to lift the party’s profile at a time when Labour were in the doldrums – to the point where he was at times labelled as the real opposition leader.

Yes. ?Russel Norman wanted to devalue our dollar by printing more money for everyone!

Shaw is clearly rated highly by business, or as highly as a Green MP can reasonably expect. And driving home that the party is these days far closer to mainstream economics than its reputation of old, is a key goal that he is well suited to slot home.

Shaw is rated highly as a Green MP. ?Let’s not confuse that as being rated highly. ? Anyone who runs a business who thinks the Green Party should be in charge of the finance portfolio should be disqualified from voting on ground of a reality by-pass.

Giving Shaw finance is about the same as giving Race Relations to Hone Harawira.


– Vernon Small, Stuff