August 07, 2019
Timid action sparks McDonald to quit
A former Greens high flyer says timidity and moderation isn't going to save the planet.
Jack McDonald has stepped down as the party's policy co-convenor and won't stand in 2020 because he does not support what he calls a centrist approach adopted by co-leader James Shaw.
He says the Greens have brought into the budget responsibility rules, which limit the amount the Government can spend and borrow.
"And what that has meant is that nurses aren't being able to be paid properly and teachers aren't being able to be paid properly and we have massive underinvestment in public services which directly impacts on Māori whānau as we know or climate change. In my view his moderate approach to climate change means we are not getting the urgent action that's required. We just don't have time for timidity or moderation," Mr McDonald says.
He will remain a member of the Greens, but he is keen to pursue some personal goals, including studying to become a Māori historian.
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