Green Party still says 16-year-olds should be able to vote, just not allowed to make their ads anymore

The person responsible for the ad has been sent to their bedroom for further scapegoating.

The person responsible for the ad has been sent to their bedroom for further scapegoating.

The Green Party is standing by its views that 16-year-olds should be eligible to vote, even as they acknowledge that they shouldn’t have let them make their political ads.

“Well, no, it doesn’t change my view on that,” said co-leader James Shaw, when asked if the day’s events had changed his view on the voting age. “I’ve been very specific in what I’ve said, and what I’ve said is that 16-year-olds and their 12-year-old colleagues probably shouldn’t have been making our political ads. We’ve seen that now. What I absolutely haven’t said is that they shouldn’t be allowed to vote, or that they shouldn’t be allowed to sit on our policy committee.”

The awkward admission comes after the Greens launched an advertisement response to a recent National Party ad campaign by apparently making fun of leader Simon Bridges’ accent, something that did not go down well with the party’s base.

“I guess people didn’t get the joke we were trying to make,” said Shaw, struggling to explain the decision, “and at the end of the day, if you’re having to explain your joke, it probably didn’t land very well, so, we’ve taken it down.”

Asked what the joke they’d intended to make was, Shaw explained.

“He sounds funny,” he said. “Simon Bridges sounds funny.”

His co-leader, Marama Davidson, was slightly more defensive of the ad, telling media gathered in the halls of Parliament that her party’s struggles when it came to creative projects only highlighted the need for marijuana reform.

“You all know damned well that if people were allowed to get high in this building we’d have made something better than that,” she said.

But despite all the backlash, Bridges himself isn’t joining the chorus of criticism. He said he thought the ad was “great,” and while it was “a little mean” they’d dubbed the footage with an exaggerated voiceover, he was at least appreciative they hadn’t changed his words.