Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei may well be right when she says the party has no shortage of male candidates from which to pick a replacement for Russel Norman.
Twenty-one of the 39 names on the party’s list for the 2014 election were blokes – or rather, were people with male names. But to be frank, the Grumbles would never have given names like Steffan or Reuben to their lads because they were sure this would impede their All Black prospects.
Three more of the names on the list might be males but, alas, it’s hard to tell. The first name of one of them is Sea, another is Aaryn and a third is Umesh. Alf is writing this in some haste, because he is keen to get down to the boozer to join his mates, so hasn’t had time to check out their genders.
But Turei has gone further than claiming she has no shortage of male candidates. She claimed there is no shortage of high-calibre candidates.
The truth of this is not so obvious, although the Greens may well employ a different measure of calibre than the measure employed by Alf.