Via DPF, Rob Hosking over at NBR is picking Metiria Turei to replace Jeanette Fitzsimons as Green co-leader. This seems to be the conventional wisdom, based partly on the notion that Bradford is too badly damaged by the anti-smacking amendment and partly because Turei seems to have at least a passing interest in environmental issues, a quality that is curiously absent in many Green Party MP’s.
I suspect Bradford will win this one. She’s easily their most effective and formidable MP, and while the smacking bill was wildly unpopular with most of the population it seems to have enjoyed considerable support from within the Green Party itself, and the party members are the ones who get to choose their leaders.
I hope they keep Fitzsimons on for as long as they can – I love watching her tearing climate change deniers into shreds whenever the subject comes up in election debates.