Friday, 1 July 2011
Germany's Greens Have Fingers To Match
In Germany the Green Party became the senior partner in Baden-Wurttemberg in March for the first time and made major gains in the Rhineland-Palatinate vote. They've been celebrating their historic victory and seem to be continuing in the eastern state of Thuringia.
It could also be said at the Greens' office in Gera they're making a hash of their new-found popularity because cannabis plants were discovered in window boxes at the district party office. Twelve plants were found in all and nobody has owned up to nurturing them. Astrid Rothe-Beinlich, a state parliamentarian and leading Greens figure in Thuringia, denied any knowledge of their existence.
The plants were discovered just days before another embarrassing incident for the Greens. The party's campaign manager for September's state election in Berlin was sacked after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and assaulting a police officer. The ex-employee, Andre Stephan, 31, was allegedly found under the influence of alcohol in has car around 4am in Wednesday and tried to run before resisting arrest, during which he reportedly injured an officer.
The police are investigating both incidents.
Often I've wondered what planet the Greens are on when they announce policies which will adversely affect the living standards of so many of the population. They should be congratulated for their inventiveness though because at least they ensured their hash was produced in an environmentally friendly process by growing it as greenery to compliment the sunflowers in the window boxes.
Could a disgruntled employee have informed the police? Your guess is as good as mine.