Sue Bradford is leaving Parliament. A mixed loss to the Greens – she’s easily their most effective MP and accomplished more than many Cabinet Ministers ever do, but on the other hand she is probably the most disliked politician in the country; she damaged the Green brand as an environmental party.
Overall I think it’s a loss to the country – Bradford advocated for people who don’t really vote, lobby or otherwise engage in the parliamentary process: abused children, Mothers in prison, minimum wage earners and the unemployed, and there’s not much of an incentive for anyone else to champion these causes. Certainly no politician is going to be stupid enough to try and address issues around our national child abuse epidemic after seeing what Bradford went through in the last two years.
Update: NZPA has a good mini-obit of Bradford up on Stuff.