Arts, Travel & Lifestyle blogger David Farrar has gone back to one of his old strong suits, being a very capable policy wonk, with an interesting post on the NZ Seniors Party, and their policy aspirations.
He comments about the justification of the Seniors Party policy platform on Superannuation, making some sensible points that those into policy will enjoy contemplating. At Whaleoil we aren’t policy wonks because we love campaigning too much to get into policy, and any new party invites robust discussion between the Whaleoil team. New parties come along all the time, and so we look at them sceptically, as most of them don’t make it.
The NZ Seniors Party might make it but we want to know the following things:
1. How are you going to get into parliament? Win an electorate or by getting to the 5% threshold?
2. Are you aware that the 5% threshold was 120282 votes in 2014, and is likely to be more in 2017 due to population growth?
3. How are you going to fundraise the necessary funds to win a seat or get to the 5% threshold?
4. Analysis by members of our team suggests that a political party needs a budget of $3m in election year to be successful. Do you have this level of funding?
5. No new minor party has come into parliament without a sitting MP defecting since MMP began in 1996. Are you intending getting an MP to defect or are you going to attempt to break 21 years precedent?
6. Have they considered signing up to another party and getting the other party to adopt the policy agenda the NZ Senior Party is pushing?
We wish the NZ Seniors Party all the best, and hope they have answers to these questions. We will happily publish them if anyone from the NZ Seniors Party wants to send in answers or any other material about their party. At Whaleoil we always publish information of this type in full without editing, so our readers can make their own judgments. We may comment, but we do not edit.