Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Anderton Rewrites History To Justify Actions

Anderton Rewrites History To Justify Actions - Greens

The bitter break-up of the Alliance has again proven the old adage that 'truth is the first casualty of war,' Green Party Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today.

"Jim Anderton has been quick to draw a parallel between his own actions in abandoning his party and those of the Greens in withdrawing from the Alliance in 1997," said Ms Fitzsimons.

However, his version of what happened at that time is somewhat at odds with the facts, said Jeanette Fitzsimons. Specifically:

* the Greens were always a separate party within an alliance of parties. The Alliance did not become a single party until after our departure. The Greens had been a party in their own right since the formation of the Values Party in 1972.

* The decision to split from the Alliance was not taken by a few MPs, but by a delegated special general conference of the Green Party, where 76% voted for standing separately at the next election.

* Jeanette Fitzsimons resigned as deputy leader of the Alliance as soon as the decision to split was made. "I could not with integrity claim to lead a party I would stand against at the next election," Jeanette said.

* The two Green MPs within the Alliance - Rod Donald and Jeanette Fitzsimons - continued to represent and vote for Alliance policy within Parliament and select committees, but absented themselves from caucus discussions on political strategy.

* In accordance with their pre-election pledge, the two Green MPs continued to tithe a tenth of their salary to the Alliance till shortly before the 1999 election.

"We take no pleasure in the break-up of the Alliance. Many of those involved are former colleagues with whom we have retained friendly relations and who share our commitment to social justice and environmental responsibility," Jeanette Fitzsimons said.

"However, we can not allow Mr Anderton to use our honourable exit from the Alliance as a justification for his actions."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news