Colin Craig

Money doesn’t buy political influence

Here’s something interesting from Hamish Rutherford

A wealthy Waikato businessman who switched allegiance from National to the Conservatives donated $750,000 to Colin Craig’s party just days before the election.

Despite a high profile campaign and polls suggesting it was close to reaching the 5 per cent support required to bring MPs into Parliament, the Conservatives polled just over 4 per cent on election day.

While party leader Craig personally donated millions to the campaign, Electoral Commission records show Laurence and Katrina Day made two donations totalling $750,000 – on September 12 and 15. That brought their total since April 2013 to $1.425 million.

A long time supporter of the National Party who was chairman of the Hamilton East electorate for four years, Laurence Day switched his support to the Conservatives over its plan to make referendums binding on the government if backed by two-thirds of the voters. He did not return requests for comment last night.

The story of the Days and their departure from the National party is one that is still to be told one day.    Read more »

Is Gareth Morgan Stupid Enough to form a Political Party?

Yesterday both me and Arts, Travel and Lifestyle blogger David “Pinko” Farrar blogged that Gareth Morgan is calling for a Blue Green Party.

The time is overdue for a Bluegreens political party, one that is happy to work with whoever is the senior party in government, and is focussed properly on improving our environment, society and economy together. Without this there is a large swathe of voters who are not represented adequately in Parliament. Can the Green Party assume that role? I doubt it very much, theirs is very much a socialist heritage and they exhibit an ongoing reluctance to get real on the importance of the economy. With their voter support capped at 10% (about the same as the craziest party in parliament, Winston Peter’s conspiracy theorists), the electorate continues to see no hope for the Green Party – the adverse impact on jobs and incomes is unpalatable. …

A Bluegreen party would emphatically express New Zealanders’ preference for clever and clean as the way we want our dollars earned, while leaving National and Labour to fight over how social justice is best promoted – via National’s preference for capacity building through education and training, delivering more flexible employment and wage-setting practices; or via Labour’s penchant for widening and lifting of social assistance, greater progressivity of income tax, widening the tax base on income from capital, and greater protection of labour in the workplace.

That is why today I am calling for a Bluegreen party – a party with a true environmental focus rather than a socialist party in drag. Tomorrow we will look at some of the policies such a party could pursue, policies that without a Bluegreen party are being left off the political agenda completely.

I’ve had some additional thoughts about this.  Read more »

Trotter on the bull-fight that was Election 2014

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Chris Trotter has now commented in writing about the election result.

He summarises:

Overall, the image presented to the electorate was one of John Key as the embattled matador. Alone in the arena, he faced charge after charge from a seemingly never-ending succession of bulls. But with every twirl of his cape and flash of his sword the pile of dispatched cattle-beasts grew higher. The crowd cheered. The roses rained down. “Bravo!” shouted 48 percent of New Zealand. “Three more years!”   Read more »

Dimpost on the left’s slaughter

Danyl McLauchlan writes about the slaying of the left.

  • The National Party is an incredibly well resourced, well managed, professional political party and it turns out that these things counted for a lot last night.
  • The phone was not off the hook for Labour. Twelve months ago, just after Cunliffe won the leadership of his party Labour were on 37% with the Greens on 12%. There’s a cliche that oppositions don’t win elections, government’s lose them, but Labour lost this election. Cunliffe is probably the worst campaigner in New Zealand political history.
  • Based on the preliminary figures I think turnout will end up being slightly higher than last time but still very low. I was a strong advocate for a strategy of having left-wing parties try and improve their vote by targeting and mobilising younger voters, but it turns that that strategy is electoral suicide! Sorry guys!
  • So the lesson from last night’s right-wing landslide seems to be that older New Zealanders are very engaged with the political process and younger New Zealanders are not. That’s a shame but it’s a message politicians cannot ignore. No one’s going to waste time and energy chasing ‘the youth vote’ again for a very long time.

Youth don’t vote, ever. A few Nat MPs I know don’t bother chasing this vote, the effort required for the payoff means you are better off working elsewhere.

  • I think that the best way forward for Labour is for Cunliffe and ‘the old guard’ – Goff, Mallard and King – to resign. They’ve been at war for six years now and they’re tearing their party apart. I doubt this will happen though. The civil war will drag on for another parliamentary term. That party is dying.

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Big Money Doesn’t Win Campaigns

 

 

If you listen to the Greens you would think that Big Money was the most evil thing in politics, and that the wealthy could buy their way to power.

This election has proven this to be bullshit.

Colin Craig and Kim Dotcom have pissed away over $4m each on losing causes.

They spent far more than Labour or the Greens or Winston and still lost.

Money doesn’t buy elections. You need competent people, not egomaniacs. Money helps but if you don’t spend it wisely you end up with the results Kim and Colin got.  Read more »

What Will Winston Do?

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The outcome of this election has always looked most likely to involve Winston Peters having the balance of power. It still looks that way, although Colin Craig may end up sneaking into parliament which would mean John Key could play the mad off against the bad.

If Colin Craig doesn’t make it into parliament Winston could hold all the cards. He can go with Labour and shaft John Key and the Greens. He could go with National and shaft Labour and the Greens. He’d get a vote of thanks from the country for shafting the Greens whatever way he goes.    Read more »

Colin Craig denies “untoward” and “unchristian” behavour

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We discovered some hours ago that Colin Craig’s press secretary, Rachel McGregor had quit the Conservative Party campaign team having worked with them for three years quoting “unchristian” and “manipulative” behaviour on behalf of Craig.

Craig didn’t know she had resigned and was flummoxed by media asking him to explain what happened. Read more »

Conservative Party pressec quits two days short of election

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Oh dear.  How untidy.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and his press secretary of two years have parted ways – just two days out from the election.

Rachel MacGregor has told Newstalk ZB she’s left the party as of this morning. Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Conservative Party irony

Did you know that Colin Craig and the Conservative Party wants 67% to be the threshold at which a binding referendum result becomes binding?

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I guess that’s a no then, Colin.

 

H/T:  Rachel