Greens like to claim the moral high ground and make themselves out to be above politics. They claim to give a voice for the common man or woman, to stand up for rightness and principle, the common good over the powerful special interests that they claim exert undue influence over politics and government, and that their parliamentarians never resort to sloganeering or talking in heavily parsed, media friendly sound bites. They have taken it upon themselves to be the conscience of the nation.
As the Abbott government prepares to introduce legislation to repeal the carbon tax, Greens MP Adam Bandt has weighed into the debate by attempting to link the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster with global warming. Putting aside the science of the climate change debate, he deserves to be condemned for transparently attempting to exploit a tragic event for political advantage.
That sort of thing might play well with Bandt's constituency, but not in the real world.