The sudden resignation of Bob Brown seems rather odd. After all, he was at the apogee of his power, and had only just started to enjoy the spoils of power sharing as co-prime minister with Julia Gillard.
Perhaps, some might argue, he could sense the wind changing and wanted to get out while the going was good.
But that would be unusual for any politician, especially Bob Brown who is notorious for his ego, delusion and self-importance.
No, I suspect that there has been a mini-coup in the Greens, with the extreme left having a putsch against the hard left – the watermelons (green on the outside, red on the inside) now taking over from the kiwi fruits (green all the way through).
I expect Lee Rhiannon will be the effective leader
new deputy leader.
The Greens – moving from kiwi fruits to watermelons to strawberries.
UPDATE: Has Julia Gillard offered an incentive to Bob Brown to retire? Is he about to be appointed as an Ambassador?