Twitter followers does NOT equal votes

Gareth Hughes is celebrating making it to 13,000 followers on Twitter.

Yet another politician who has yet to grasp that your number of Twitter followers does NOT equal the number of votes that you will get.

In fact a check of the records for Gareth Hughes shows that he has got more followers than votes he has ever gained in any election.  

In 2008 he stood in Ohariu and got just 2,665 votes. He came fourth behind Peter Dunne, Charles Chauvel and Katrina Shanks.

In 20011 he again stood in Ohariu and got just 2,160 votes. He again came fourth behind Peter Dunne, Charles Chauvel and Katrina Shanks.

In 2014 he didn’t even stand in an electorate, instead he was given an exemption from standing in a seat. So no votes there.

In total this muppet has received 4825 votes. He has got nearly three times the number of Twitter followers as he has managed  votes.

But what about his efforts on the party vote?

Yeah, na, not so flash there either. In 2011 the Greens got 5,453 votes in Ohariu and in 2008 they got 3,488 votes. Still fewer than his Twitter followers.

Twitter followers does not provide an indicator of support…ever. Neither does growing a hipster beard, just quietly.

It is an extremely dimwitted politician who would think that either of those things will make a difference.

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