Sue Bradford spoke out about her resignation from the Green Party on National Radio's Focus On Politics on 9 October
This interview completely escaped me but Bryce Edwards has helpfully highlighted it on his blog.
It confirms what some of us knew already - Bradford resigned from the Green Party because she was unhappy with the conservative direction that the party was taking.
She agreed with National radio interviewer Julian Robbins that the party had lost its 'radical edge'. Said Bradford:
We did have a real radical cutting edge [in 1999]… I think that we have, to some extent we have begun to lose a little bit of that differentiation with the other parties in Parliament - in terms of being a little less willing to take risks; a little less willing to be radical and “out there”; and the sense that too many political parties – including perhaps our own – are focused on winning the middle ground voters and not seeing the voters out to the sides – in our case, out to the left, and to the environmental left, as being as important as the voters that are in the middle and to the right.
Bradford reveals that, during her campaign to succeed the outgoing co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons, she argued that the party had to 'become more risk-taking', and that it had to 're-capture that radical edge.' This was an implicit criticism of co-leader Russel Norman's conservative strategy.
In fact, in another implied criticism of Norman, she argues that the Green Party has failed to fulfil its electoral potential because it has been too concerned about appealing to the 'centre ground' of the New Zealand electorate.
Some pro-Labour Party commentators on The Standard and elsewhere have argued Sue Bradford's resignation has moved her closer to Labour.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Bradford's rejection of conservative and centrist politics clearly shows that while she may presently have little in common with Russel Norman's Green Party she has even less in common with Phil Goff's Labour Party.