Yeah, because that worked so well for Colin Craig.
The newly formed People’s Party is considering taking legal action because it’s been excluded from a Mt Roskill by-election debate on Wednesday night.
It’s being hosted by the Central Leader, which has only invited the candidates from National and Labour.
People’s Party leader Roshan Nauhria says he’s not being petty; he just wants a fair go.
“We were trying to talk to them and convince them that you need to give us equal opportunity,” he says.
It’s a similar move to that of former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig, who successfully took TV3’s The Nation to court for being left out of a minor party debate in 2014.
“It’s very disappointing,” says Mr Nauhria. “I think unless we are given equal opportunity – it’s a democracy. What happens if I win the election? Are you going to say to the people, ‘Sorry we made a mistake?'”
You don’t talk about taking legal action. You take legal action.
Roshan Nauhria is just grand standing to try and get some attention.
He could try and have a web site? Perhaps some press releases? Policy?
Two months ago we asked the following questions, and we are still short of any answers.
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 New Zealand People’s Party is pushing?