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The most grievous betrayal of all – two so-called “Green” MPs who should know better




Right-wing rednecks – I can deal with.

Beneficiary-bashing bigots – no problem.

Well-meaning ignorance – a bit of a challenge.

But what I find difficult to comprehend is when we face betrayal from our supposed comrades; people who supposedly share our values, and are travelling the same struggle-road.

I refer to (now-ex-)Green MPs, Kennedy Graham and Dave Clendon who dropped the political equivalent of a barrel-bomb into the middle of the election campaign with this jaw-dropping act of betrayal;




They issued a joint statement stating;

“We do not believe that lying to a public agency … can ever be condoned.”

That one simple line speaks volumes about the self-sense of privilege exhibited by these two men. Obviously they have never had to face the prospect of choosing to lie to WINZ – or telling the truth and risk cutting their benefit and reduced income.

Their self-righteousness in siding with “public agencies” over the poor; the powerless; the abused; the dispossessed makes them unfit to be in any political movement professing to be progressive.

They should join National, or even better, ACT.

I am livid with anger at the selfish actions of these two. I have given my weekends to help erect Green Party billboards. I have helped draft letters to newspapers defending Metiria Turei from the reactionary media pack who are hounding her. I plan to give up my time to help the Green Party as much as I possibly can with leafletting and doorknocking.

And then these two fucking clowns; on parliamentary salaries; living comfortable, privileged lives – undermine everything that I – and thousands of other volunteers – have done?

To hell with that. To hell with them. To hell with their self-serving, pious self-righteousness.

And to hell with these selfish desire for revenge.

Yes, that’s right – revenge. Both of these two dickheads have been dropped down the Green Party list rankings from 2014;



Clendon and Graham are both non-entities; non-performers who were dropped down the Green Party list to make way for more talented candidates. That much is obvious.  Also obvious is the retribution they have exacted for their demotion. They must have waited very patiently for the right moment to plunge the knife into the backs of their colleagues; the Party, and it’s supporters and volunteers.

Metiria Turei’s confession was the moment they had been waiting for. A gift for traitors to exploit.

Whilst Ms Turei faced her reactionary critics in the Establishment Media – she left her back exposed to these contemptible  cowards.

The damage that Clendon and Graham may have done to our chances to change the National-led government is much, much worse than Metiria Turei’s recent admission to lying to social welfare. They may just have thrown National a life-line. With polls on a knife-edge, one or two percent is all it takes to decide if our Prime Minister is Bill “Double-Dipper” English, or Jacinda “Let’s Do It” Ardern.

This is an act of betrayal that is much worse than anything National may have dished out to us in the last nine years. We know what to expect from the Tories and their fellow-travellers.

But to be stabbed in the back by people we trust to represent the poorest people in our society – is treachery beyond polite words.

This is my second draft at writing this. My first attempt is not printable except maybe on Whaleoil. (And even Cam Slater might have asked me to “tone it down”.)

Kennedy Graham and Dave Clendon can fuck off.

Just. Fuck. Off.







Radio NZ:  Two Green MPs call for Turei to step down

Green Party: 2014 Party List

Green Party: 2017 Party List






This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 7 August 2017.



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  1. Denny Thompson
    12 August 2017 at 8:10 pm

    She doesnt deserve what has happened to her but. Her strategy, or team are absolute fuckwits for not seeing this coming! They didn’t do any research to find out that her ex was the son of Anne Hartley! An ex Mayor & a Labour party hack! Wealthy people that wouldn’t & didn’t let their daughter/granddaughter suffer the bullshit hardship ‘story’ that Metiria tried to fool the public with! She got caught out.Ffs,so why cant you see it for what it is, a clusterfuck! The story should of been about Wendy Shoebridge.

    As for Clendon & Kennedy, I dont blame them for doing what they have done, cause this party is fucked up and sadly one that I use to support.

    • 12 August 2017 at 10:58 pm

      They didn’t do any research to find out that her ex was the son of Anne Hartley! An ex Mayor & a Labour party hack!

      Not really sure what any of that has to do with highlighting and campaigning against increasing poverty in this country, Denny…

      The story should of been about Wendy Shoebridge.

      Shouldn’t the real point be that we don’t have any more victims of state-sponsored brutality that end up like Wendy Shoebridge? I think that was the point of Metiria Turei’s disclosures.

      I’ve heard it said it “could have been handled better”. But no one has suggested how it could have been better handled. I suspect the Establishment and it’s stooges in the Media Elite would still have hounded Ms Turei out of Parliament.

      The lessons of her political demise should not be lost on anyone. Especially any politicians who get an inclination to be truthful about their past.

  2. Jenny
    12 August 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Clendon and Kennedy have both been in Parliament long enough, and been exposed to all the noise about Dirty Tricks, to KNOW that what they have done is not only against the Greens’ rules, but also that it could easily fuck up the entire election campaign to change the government. Stupid, silly egos which got in the way of commonsense.

    • 12 August 2017 at 11:01 pm

      It certainly broke Collective Responsibility, Jenny. Even right-wing parties opposed to notions of collectivism adhere to principles of Collective Responsibility. Otherwise parties cease to exist (but that’s another issue entirely) as every Tom, Dick, and Harriet follows their own “principles”…

  3. Mary
    13 August 2017 at 10:24 am

    Thank you for posting this Frank. I agree with all points you make and like you, it took time to be able to express it politely.

    • 14 August 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Thanks, Mary. There are times when one to to get up, walk away from the computer and go for a good long walk.

      Perhaps in time, those two ex-MPs may think and reflect on what happened. They may hopefully realise that life is not as black and white and they think (hope) it is…

  1. 19 August 2017 at 9:18 pm

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