In life, not just in politics, pride precedes the fall.
And the Greens party’s extraordinary arrogance and pre-hatching chicken-counting certainly made their stunning upset loss in the Melbourne by-election all the more amusing for those of who wish the extreme-left ill.
The Greens party’s endorsed Melbourne Lord Mayoral candidate, a grouchy piece of work called Alison Parkes, triumphantly displayed the Australian’s headline and was photographed nearly salivating while tweeting how a Labor defeat in the Melbourne by-election would be disastrous for it.
This is a really important thing to understand about these people. The Liberals want to beat Labor but the Greens political party wish to destroy them or “replace the bastards”. If you’re concerned about the governance of the nation, and hope for moderates on both sides of politics to generally prevail, this is a clear and present danger for Australia.
It’s exactly the same phenomenon as sometimes brutally nasty ultra-left folk in student politics would act. As a result campus Labor folk would often get on pretty well with their opposite numbers in the Liberals because they realised mainstream values in Australia are not that far apart. As John Howard famously and graciously said after a tough defeat: “the things that unite us are so much greater than those things that divide us.”
If you want insight into how detached and disconnected the Greens party extremists can be, check out this anguished tweet from one of their comrades:
More astounding pre-hatch chicken-counting was exposed by the Herald Sun’s Ashley Gardiner whose excellent article on the “celebration” the Greens party high-command planned revealed so much. No doubt, in breach of copyright, but to honour Ashley’s fine work, we repeat it in its full deliciousness here:
Greens ‘ethical and sustainable’ post by-election bash
EXCLUSIVE: THE Greens are planning an “ethical and sustainable” night of mood music and ambiance.
Every detail to the last minute of the Greens election night bash has been planned.
The Sunday Herald Sun has obtained details of the event, to be held at the Lithuanian Club in North Melbourne tonight.
According to the running sheet, the aim is “to provide a celebratory event that shall provide a unique occasion to celebrate the finale of the Melbourne seat by-election 2012″.
It will “provide an ethical and sustainable event that will reflect the morale’s (sic) and policies of the Greens of all ages.”
“The event shall be family friendly and accessible to all, to allow members and supporters to come together and celebrate the campaign.”
Volunteers will be setting up the venue throughout the day until 6pm, when guests are expected to arrive.
A tally room will be set up, which is an “ambient and productive space for staff and guests”.
They will also set up a media room, which will require sign-in and lanyard identifications. [VEXNEWS: Who are these people?!]
Canapés begin from 6:30, and a speech will be made at 6:45.
The speech will “welcome crowd (and provide) encouragement to celebrate the hard work on the campaign trail … eat, drink, be merry etc.)
At 7pm, the media will arrive and be greeted by campaign adviser Dan Cass.
More canapés will be served at 7:15, while election results are expected to start flowing through at 7:30pm.
A speech will be made at 8pm, as results start to become clearer, before cupcake time at 8:15pm.
One of the highlights of the night will be a speech by leader Greg Barber at 8.20pm.
During this speech, Mr Barber will tell “anecdotes in the best Greg fashion”.
Mr Barber will “discuss how great and amazing Cathy (Oke) has been on the campaign trail”.
Colleen Hartland will speak about “women in politics” from 8.30pm until 9pm, followed by a speech of “reflection and future” by federal MP Adam Bandt.
Between 9 and 10pm, thank you speeches will be made, ahead of a DJ, when “vinyl to be spun to cater for the mood”.
The party is scheduled to end between 1 and 2am.
■ The Greens had a catered event for their celebration, something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in elective politics. Not even the Liberals in Higgins before Peter Costello made off with the $1M fundraising account would have paid for caterers to provide canapés and cupcakes for the volunteers. Grog, of course, is a different matter.
■ They clearly thought they’d won and had much to celebrate;
■ They sought to identify, tag and monitor journalists’ presence at the party. At a party? It’s just other-planet stuff. VEXNEWS’ embedded reporters crashed campaign parties of the come-from-nowhere lifelong Liberal David Nolte, who polled extremely well, beating sleazy bankrupt Stephen Mayne, and the Labor one where there were hundreds of exhausted red-T-shirt-wearers looking like they’d picked up a used scratchy ticket and discovered a ten-grand prize. At neither gathering did we have to sign-in, wear a lanyard or even have to pay for a drink. It’s too simplistic to say the Greens are Stalinists but they certainly behave like them, with their control-freakery and their party conferences held in secret.
A FAMOUS VICTORY
So, a victory for Jennifer Kanis, an impressive, intelligent and very locally-connected Labor person.
We thought she deserved a campaign that was much more direct in distinguishing Labor from their Greens party enemies. In my mind, not mentioning the Greens voting with the Liberals to perpetuate drownings at sea was a pretty big failing. The Greens have made a huge mistake on this, and if they don’t bend on it, people will die. Potentially hundreds more this year. Not drawing that to the attention of voters – in a state by-election – was a mistake in my view. Doing so would have been extremely impactful.
But perhaps that’s a difference of opinion we’ll explore without a hangover.
Those involved in helping Jennifer get there have every reason to take a bow. For much of their campaign, they must have reasonably expected not to prevail. But with courage in their hearts, they stuck with it, kept at it, and won. Feeling warm thoughts for inner-city Socialist Left types is surely not a natural VEXNEWS state but we couldn’t be happier for them. Their victory is not just good for their candidate, their party, it’s good for their nation, it’s as important as the conservatives bravely deciding to smash One Nation and destroying them at the ballot box. Comparing the Greens with One Nation isn’t about asserting that they’re racist, we’re not saying that, we are saying they are an extreme-left party that puts its mad ideology ahead of real people. The Greens are mean.
The other winner from yesterday’s festivities and the last month or so was Daniel Andrews, who proved himself a feisty, old-school kick-arse campaigner in a by-election he must have thought he needed like a hole in the head.
And there’s another group who won too.
Proudly anti-Greens patriots from all walks of life who fired up, handing out for candidates who were putting the Greens last or at least behind Labor. A number of them helped David Nolte, who did a great job coming from nowhere and will loom large in the coming Melbourne council elections, while others fired up for the African activist Berhan Ahmed, proving their patriotism, their sense of humour and honour.
THE OKE HAS FALLEN
Obviously Cathy Oke didn’t win. Greens party sources tell VEXNEWS she won’t get a chance to run again, with many of them thinking Rose Iser would have done a much better job tapping into community groups, especially different ethnic groups where Iser’s connections are well-known.
Oke’s lack of self-awareness when saying words like “We’ve run a positive campaign but Labor’s sleazy deal with Family First shows how evil they are” and even planning an afternoon swim during polling day suggests she’s about half as smart as she thinks she is.
Greg Barber and soon-to-be electorally defeated Adam Bandt have egg on their faces too.
UNFIT FOR OFFICE
Bandt said yesterday at a presser at North Melbourne Primary School that Labor is unfit to be the alternative government of Victoria. There were multiple cameras, audio recorders and journalists present.
The bloke who is in a formal arrangement that formed a Labor government in Canberra, says Labor is unfit to govern Victoria. Fair enough, if that’s his view but how does his view sit with those in Labor who think the best to manage the Greens party threat is with kid gloves.
Surely now Labor has woken up to the parasite they’re hosting.
We doubt we’ll ever see again a formal arrangement or coalition between Labor and the Greens party again. Daniel Andrews put them on notice during this campaign – no deals with the Greens. It was an important statement about Labor’s values and also a strong indication it’s learning from its mistakes.
A defeat might have given Labor a sharper shock about what they need to do to defeat the Greens party menace but we think they’ll have learned plenty of lessons from victory too.
And, of course, the last-placed loser is serial pest candidate Stephen Mayne who, once again, got 4% or so of the vote despite getting much more media attention than any of the other candidates who convincingly beat him. He probably got 20-25% of the media coverage of the by-election, even apparently putting out a negative leaflet on himself to gain attention and sympathy.
The attention never translates into support, partly because he has all the personal warmth and appeal of Josef Fritzl. (And yes we did really write that)
Mayne, despite being unemployed, spent thousands of dollars on blue T-shirts (attempting to create the false impression he was a Liberal when in fact he can best described as a psychiatrically-ill, politically confused Greens cheerleader) and printed material, including, in a first surely since student politics, a sh*t-sheet about himself. Mayne’s wife apparently picks up the bills for all this, even working three jobs, sources familiar with the situation tell VEXNEWS although it is not unreasonable to speculate, given the evidence we show below, that the Greens party big-spending campaign may well have participated in a Mayne cash-for-preferences swap, of a kind most would consider to be corrupt, if not a breach of electoral laws.
Mayne has little actual support and this was demonstrated by shenanigans at several booths where it was clear that Mayne had members of the Greens political party or active symps handing out for him. And he pompously speaks of sleazy deals and suggests he’s above it all. He’s barely above a snake’s belly.
We overheard one of Mayne’s little helpers saying rather loudly that he was a “sustainability consultant.” We immediately thought “hello, hello, hello” and attempted to find out the chap’s name for the purposes of our research. He wouldn’t give the name and got extremely hostile when he realised we were taking his pic.
When I – as required by journalistic ethics – introduced myself and my role here at VEXNEWS – he spewed out a burst of vile profanity and seemed to be intimately familiar with where I lived, my past financial history and even appears to have been involved in a profanity-filled hate-website about my good self. Creepy, even by the standards of Mayne.
How weird, I thought, as I’m sure I’d never met the individual, so using the powers of the famed VEXNEWS Investigations Unit and Mossad supplied facial recognition software, we were able to establish the person’s identity as Alexi Lynch, who has indeed appeared at enviro speaking-engagements with the now-failed Greens party candidate Cathy Oke.
Appropriately enough, the seminar was “Top Ten Tips for Obtaining an Environmental Job”. Good luck with that Cathy.
Sources say Lynch is or certainly has previously been a member of the Greens political party and is well-known as a stridently anti-Labor leftist in the not-for-profits in which he grubs around for taxpayer loot. He went to elite private school Wesley College, apparently, equipping him for bullying poll-workers in inner-city electorates. His attempt to give us a shove was good for a laugh, we backed away quickly hoping the angry chap wasn’t some kind of weird martial arts expert – he certainly had anger management issues, which we have chronicled in a delightful series of photographs.
You’ll be hearing a lot more about Alexi Lynch, and the enviro racket “Ironbark Consulting” in which he is involved. We are advised this business is in receipt of substantial sums of ratepayer and taxpayer funds from local and state governments where the principals of the business were previously decision-makers. Ample opportunity for investigation right there.
And while it’s not something we can write about, we’ll also be ensuring his involvement in that hate-site is brought to justice real soon.
MIDDAY UPDATE: There are unconfirmed reports Stephen Mayne, a tall and physically imposing individual had a near-physical, aggressive and unhinged confrontation – possibly constituting an assault – with a young transgendered campaigner who prefers not to be named. Photos have been promised. Developing…
MONDAY UPDATE: Not only did Stephen Mayne have Greens party members handing out HTVs for him, it is now clear he’d not met any of them either. Understandably perhaps unless he knew the aggressive chap, when Mayne heard the name “Alexi Lynch” he figured he must be a she. It’s more commonly a woman’s name, a point we know doubt would have sensitively made to him at the polling place if we’d been aware.
When Mayne sent out his bizarre email missive of self-justification attempting to explain why he’d really won the election, he wrote in relation to Nolte:
Unaware he’d insulted the easily angered sexually ambiguously named Alexi, Mayne quickly corrected the record before the edgy guy visited the Mayne bunker to scissor-kick the 6-foot-something for calling him a girlie-man:
Mayne is a shocking and blatant political fraud of the most brazen kind. Mayne’s use of Greens party members/symps was not restricted to just one polling place either as this tweet exchange makes clear:
UPDATE: Greens party aligned Banyule mayor Tom Melican was sighted by an observant member of the VEXNEWS Investigation Unit wearing a blue-T-shirt, handing out votes for Stephen Mayne.
Puts into perspective, Mayne’s apparently impartial observations about the enviro-loon in the past:
Tom Mellican: hard working independent and two time mayor of Banyule who was comfortably supported by his colleagues to lead council in 2012.