After a turbulent fortnight in politics, Helen Clark’s new look Green Party is now in place.
Ex Labour leader Helen Clark, who resigned after losing the 2008 election, has re-emerged from the political wilderness with dramatic effect. Taking advantage of the Green’s stagnation in the polls, and with the influence of her big-money New York backers (“No Clark, No Cash”), she was unanimously voted in as leader by the Green caucus in an emergency meeting last week.
As Party leader outside Parliament Clark has since been in negotiations with PM John Key on the Green’s parliamentary makeup. Metiria Turei has been allowed to retain her position, but co-leader Russel Norman has been stripped of his Ministerial responsibilities and will be taken out the back and composted.
The unelected Clark says it has been a pleasure working with the PM on the makeup of the government, and she looks forward to a significant leadership role after the 2011 election. She said she thought it was unlikely that she would be offered the top job, but that given the enormous problems that New Zealand faced, and the need for strong, decisive leadership, she wasn’t ruling anything out at this stage. Interim PM John Key, last seen clutching a one-way ticket to Hawaii, described himself as “comfortable” with the new arrangements…
[Sounds too crazy to be true, doesn’t it?]