Well I for one am glad to see that the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) is, at last, behaving like a major political party - and that even the Guardian diary has noticed.
An almighty row has blown up after the party-wide ballot for the internal post of External Communications Co-ordinator, between current incumbent Tracy Dighton-Brown and the job-share partnership of Brighton City councillor Jason Kitcat and MEP candidate Rupert Read was suspended.
The decision comes after both 'sides' began publishing endorsements from other party members, and Jason and Rupert's 'blog carried one including some fairly choice criticism of Tracy's approach to communications.
Usually, cutting most party members out of the decision would benefit the incumbent, but in this case the move looks set to hand the election to Jason and Rupert, as Jason's local party colleagues will be greatly in evidence when the vote is taken in Hove next month.
Although some have argued that this sort of muck-raking does us no good at all - and that all the protagonists will have to work together, and with others outside the party afterwards - most people I've spoken too have observed that internal rows are simply the stuff of political parties.
I've been involved with GPEW for seven years now, and witnessed a fair few rows and seen a fair pile of mud flinging around, one way or another. The only difference this time is that the outside world has noticed.
Internal elections are the best dry runs we've got for the external ones and personally I think the dirtier they get - as long as no-one resorts to telling lies in their zeal to win - the better rehearsal they offer: if National Executive (GPEx) elections are uncontested, or are conducted in an artificially 'positive campaigning only' way they don't offer much practice for the real world!
It's quite clear that whoever wins we'll have an excellent Ex Comms Co-ordinator - what a luxury to have a choice between such experienced, committed and hard-working candidates.
So, imho, we need more election contests like this, and less getting our collective underwear in a tangle.
Meanwhile, Jason and Rupert's campaign 'blog has been suspended - as has Tracy Bighton-Brown's.