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Top tweets about the Greens leadership challenge to Russel Norman

Bryce Edwards
Wed, 27 Nov 2013

This is a selection of some of the more interesting tweets in reaction to the leadership challenge to Green Party co-leader Russel Norman by David Hay. As usual, it’s in reverse chronically order – the most recent tweets are first. More will be added. [Read more below]

Simon ‏@Simonpnz

To recap: David Hay will only challenge for Greens co-leader if he outranks 5 current male MPs when new list is released. Dork.

Jack McDonald ‏@tautokai

@Simonpnz my new life goal is to get a higher list placing than David Hay lol

Dovil ‏@Dovil

"David Hay, currently ranked 16th on the party's list... will stand against Dr Norman – but only if he is given a higher list placing." #lol

Marcus Cook ‏@MarcusDCook

I'm not saying Russel shd go, but John Farnham is coming so we cld replace one annoying Aussie with another. John F does mullets better too.

Alex Coleman ‏@ShakingStick

Leadership challenge 'not about Norman; it's about me, and what I think about Norman' …

New Zealand Snapper ‏@SnapperFishNZ

Green Party: "Labour gets all this attention whenever 'leadership challenge' is invoked, we gotta get on that!" #strategery

New Zealand Snapper ‏@SnapperFishNZ

Russell Norman to be replaced because too competent. #tallpoppysyndrome

Andrea Vance ‏@avancenz

I did not expect this! Almost 57 per cent say @RusselNorman should go. …

Dan Satherley / KOSH ‏@radioovermoscow

@avancenz @GraemeEdgeler @RusselNorman You could ask 'Should the Greens be eliminated altogether' and get a similar response on online poll

Marcus Cook ‏@MarcusDCook

I always thought a Greens' strength was unified solidarity. Could the wheels be falling off that? Practicalities of MMP overtaking ideals?

Nathaniel Manning ‏@NilJManning

Who's David Hay? Did he not learn from what happened to Cunliffe when he tried to make a leadersh- oh, wait, that's right...

Matthew Hooton ‏@MatthewHootonNZ

Maybe some @NZGreens members would prefer an environmentalist as male co-leader instead of a communist #nzpol …

Lew ‏@LewSOS

#realtalk. is there one single person in the country who seriously believes on reasonable grounds that Russel Norman gets rolled? No.

Tamara ‏@amiriteeh

Are Garner and Gower going to manufacture some sort of leadership coup attempt among Greens?

Ali Ikram ‏@AliIkram

A Green leadership challenge! So long as everyone cycles to it and no one uses unnecessary paper I'm down with it.

Dovil ‏@Dovil

Future headline: Unknown lowly ranked Green List MP undergoes sex change, challenges Metirei Turie for co-leadership position.

Toby Manhire ‏@toby_etc

Does this David Hay challenger identify more as Emerald Stormtrooper or Green Taliban?

James Macbeth Dann ‏@edmuzik

it's not a #Greenspill, it's a toxic algal bloom

Toby Manhire ‏@toby_etc

Or is he a Guacamole slacktivist? #DavidHay #greenspill

Mike Heine ‏@TheHeindog

I'm sure David Hay will be rewarded next year with an appropriate list placing. #greenspill

Rupert Beer ‏@RupertTheBeer

The #greenspill is a sign of a healthy party. Imagine if this actually happened in Labour? The challenger would be found dead somewhere.

Mathew Grocott ‏@mathewgrocott

I'm guessing this David Hay leadership bid is just him trying to get further up the Greens list.

Sledger McCluskey ‏@JordanMcCluskey

I stand with David Hay in challenging the abrasive Russel Norman #makinghay …

Sledger McCluskey ‏@JordanMcCluskey

Even Greens don't like Russel Norman. But how could you? Heh

Lamia ‏@LI_politico

Holy moly leadership challenge in the Green Party... Paddy's gonna have an aneurysm! Someone get him a scotch STAT.

Megan Campbell ‏@MeganCampbellNZ

So the cynic on me thinks Hay challenging Norman to 1) increase own profile &list ranking 2)increase membership 3)place focus on Akld Greens

Morehu R ‏@MorehuR

Having this hang around the neck of the party months before the general election just shows this guy doesn't really care about party

Morgan Godfery ‏@MorganGodfery

@Simonpnz @davejac I'd imagine that a time-wasting and attention-sapping leadership run would hurt a person's chances on the list.

Jack McDonald ‏@tautokai

@MorganGodfery @Simonpnz I think so too. And believe me, Hay has done enough already to hurt his chances for the list. Will never be leader.

Carrie Stoddart ‏@Ellipsister

@tautokai could be good 4 Greens & 4 highlighting RN's capabilities. Keep it friendly & its a PR win surely? @MorganGodfery

Rupert Beer ‏@RupertTheBeer

The Green Party is about to get Hay Fever #greenspill

Conrad Reyners ‏@ConradReyners

Who the hell is David Hay. Nice pounamu though #GREENAGEDDON

NZ Question Time ‏@Alt_NZQT

Does David Hay really think he can do "give me my flag back, give me my flag back" better than @RusselNorman ?

Danyl Mclauchlan ‏@danylmc

@LewSOS @MorganGodfery The Greens should definitely replace their co-leader who helped double their vote with this guy no one has heard of

Philip Matthews ‏@secondzeit

@GraemeEdgeler @danylmc @LewSOS @MorganGodfery In that case, Aaron Gilmore should have challenged Key when he had the chance.

Philip Lyth ‏@philiplyth

David Hay did get 12% party vote in Epsom, 4th highest in Akld. Suspect he is well known to Greens m/ship. @MorganGodfery @Simonpnz


Bryce Edwards
Wed, 27 Nov 2013
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Top tweets about the Greens leadership challenge to Russel Norman