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The Green Party’s push to be seen as cam­paign­ing based on prin­ci­ples is ring­ing hol­low.

The dull sound of prin­ci­ples fall­ing did not start with the sud­den and un­ex­pected an­nounce­ment list MPs Kennedy Gra­ham and David Clen­don would re­sign un­less Me­tiria Turei stepped down from the colead­er­ship.

It started with a hastily called late-night press con­fer­ence in which co-leader James Shaw made it abun­dantly clear his is a party of prin­ci­ple: as long as the prin­ci­ples are those of the col­lec­tive.

The MPs made a stand against Turei’s ac­knowl­edged ben­e­fit fraud. They said her sub­se­quent com­ments con­doned peo­ple ly­ing to Work and In­come; she was un­fit to lead the party.

Party lead­ers spent much of Tues­day re­tool­ing what hap­pened as a be­trayal of the party and of those pushed to lie to gov­ern­ment agen­cies in the face of hard­ship.

But that is a will­ful mis­read­ing of the sit­u­a­tion. The MPs threat­ened to re­sign not in judge­ment of those in cri­sis: they re­signed be­cause they judged their leader to fall short of their party prin­ci­ples.

The party has a co-lead­er­ship to demon­strate its di­ver­sity- that should in­clude di­ver­sity of opin­ion, and the pos­si­bil­ity of those opin­ions be­ing chal­lenged.

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