One thing that you can be sure of with the Greens and other far left parties is that they don't just lack common sense. They seem to be diametrically opposed to it. This is related to their deep sense of their own moral virtue. They sincerely see themselves as more sensitive and compassionate than the rest of us. So they are always on the lookout for issues they can take the high moral ground on, wringing their hands and wagging their fingers and shrieking: "Look at us! Look at how much we care!" As well as demonizing decent hard working folk who just want to get on with their lives, they get off on inconveniencing others -- the more the better. 

You can see this emotionally immature attitude in so many of their policies. Take their opposition to the shark cull, for example. Everyone else is rolling their eyes saying: "Hell, sharks are just bloody fish. What's the big deal if we kill a few to make swimming and surfing safer?" But the deep green shark-huggers are poncing about, waxing lyrical about these marine murderers as if they're the cuddliest creatures that ever existed!

Lately they seem not to have been so energized about this particular issue. Not sure why ... Maybe they're bored? Children do have short attention spans, after all. 

In any case their focus now seems to have switched to cyclist safety. They seem to think that bike riders should be deemed a protected species whose rights trump those of drivers.

Call me old fashioned, but I'm of the view that roads are built for cars first and foremost. If you wanna ride your bike on them, fine. But it's your choice and therefore your risk. Sure drivers should keep an eye out for you. But you should also make yourself highly visible, and take up as little space as possible. Don't expect them to kowtow to you.

That's what I would call common sense -- which is of course anathema to Scott Ludlam and his fellow travellers. They really are "out where the buses don't go" which is why siding with them is such a bad strategy for a mainstream party.