Barnsley Bill told me the other day that The Standard is losing its Greenery.
Commenters like Tane, Steve Pierson and Irish Bill claim to have some Green ancestry in their politicking and this is confirmed by a look at Tumeke!
Barnsley noted that one might expect the Greenies among its ranks just might want to say something about their beloved co-leader Russel Norman standing in the Mt Albert by-election.
Indeed, on the day of the confirmation that the great man is standing, we see nothing on the announcement from the great blog of the left.
Now, the Standard has often claimed to be 'independent' of Labour, even though bloggers like Whale Oil and David Farrar so comprehensively showed how Labour and the Standard were joined at the hip, via the EPMU and through government departments prior to Election 2008.
Looking at its opinions, dissent from the Labour line is very rare, where it exists at all.
Now, I did look hard to find commentary from its so-called Greenies about the Mt Albert by-election. I do see such commenters claiming Liarbour affiliations too, but the lack of support given to the Greens is illuminating.
Here's what Tane blogged a week ago about Russel Norman.
Speaking of the byelection. Interesting choice for the Greens to go with Russel for their candidate (it’s not official yet until the local party makes its choice but even in the Greens the leader gets what the leader wants). It will be an opportunity for Russel to increase his profile and it will be interesting to see how he campaigns on the streets. He’s obviously not a serious contender for the seat and I don’t think he will split the Left vote to any significant extent. Labour would never have counted on the Greens to give them a free ride or expected it.
Well, if that's what you get from so-called supporters like Tane this is not good for the Greens, unless of course Tane really has no Green credentials at all, and is simply a Liarbour stooge claiming to be something else, with the Standard the Liarbour 'lapblog' as I have always claimed!
Crossposted over at The Fairfacts Media Show