|The Greens tripled their vote in the ACT election last night. I'd put it entirely down to the number of chardonney socialists with more care than responsibility residing here, except that federal election result had the nutters on the rise nationally as well. Even people like my Mum, normally a Liberal voter, are voting for the Greens because she thinks that "those types of people" (i.e. completely idealistic and unreasonable) are important for bringing issues to the fore. Personally I see a place for idealists in lobby groups, but I don't want them having any actual power.
Is anybody else wishing that the Australian Democrats had never self destructed and created a vacuam that the Greens have filled? I like the prospect of having a third party with whom I can lodge a protest vote and who can influence the direction of the government, but I'm terrified by the prospect that party being the Greens.