It would have been their first ever seat in the Victorian State Legislature. After all, Adam Bandt won a Federal seat in the same electorate. I’m talking about the by-election for the Victorian state seat of Melbourne.
You couldn’t get more Green than that, home territory, and to boot the Libs weren’t even standing a candidate.
So what went wrong?
I don’t think so. I reckon it was the invite to the after-party. Thanks to insiders, I’ve been able to get a glimpse at their ‘party-planner’.
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.”
But wait, it gets better!
Sounds good to me, maybe I should have voted Green. But then….
A speech will be made at 8pm, as results start to become clearer, before cupcake time at 8:15pm.
And there you have it fellow political aficionados, it wasn’t the Greens’ woeful policies, their pie-in-the-sky ‘feel good’ ideals, or their evil communist leanings, it was simply the fact that if their idea of a victory party includes cupcakes, then we are all better off without them.
Congrats to Labor!
While the Greens have refused to concede defeat, it is obvious that Labor has won the seat. Cupcakes aside, there is another reason why the Greens didn’t gain enough votes: most of their supporters are too young to vote.
Labor, on the other hand, appeals to a broader church. Note winning Labor candidate, Jennifer Kanis enjoying a latte, while state Labor leader Daniel Andrews reaches for a beer.