Ever since the Greens were elected into Parliament for the first time, Sue Bradford has been one the MPs I have admired the most.
She stood by strong principles, for the right kind of change, and always represented those who lacked a voice and political power. Her final political statement was insightful into the kind of political change New Zealand needs:
We are living in a time of economic and environmental crisis. There appears to be no real willingness from either Labour or National-led Governments to take real leadership on issues like dealing with the impacts of climate change, or on seriously reducing the deepening gap between rich and poor.
Until we are prepared to take a long hard look at our economic system, how it works, and in whose interests it operates, we are all on a hiding to nothing.
Capitalism is not providing the answers we need to find a way forward, and some of us at least must be brave enough to seek out viable, democratic and peaceful alternatives.
It’s great news that she’s going to get stuck into politics outside Parliament. That’s where she’s needed. It’s where the real fight is and always will be.