The Whaleoil Party

KGB responded

Funny you should say that, I was thinking there should be a WO Party 2017.
We could sign up 500 members overnight and claim our share of election finance.
We could easily put an oiler in every electorate.
Cam for leader.
SB for gender balance. (imagine the fun she’d having playing with Jacinda & Paula:)
Pete can run the internet campaign.
Sally in charge of tweets.
Cows for the Naki.
Pinch exJafa for BOP.
Great right wing policy.
Endless possibilities.

Never get in of course, but gosh it would be fun.

I seriously contemplated it about a year ago and even pitched it to Cam.

The three main reasons it didn’t happen are

1) We have respect for the election process. To create a party simply for disruption, publicity and self interest wasn’t respecting voters. If we’re going to do it, then we need to be serious enough to give it a real go.

2) We knew we’d be severely hamstrung with three defamation suits being worked through. We wouldn’t be able to do the idea justice, no matter if it was done tongue in cheek or seriously.

3) Whaleoil believes it has more influence in our current role than we would have with a parliamentary presence.

I was still keen to run a pretend party. That is, we’d go through the motions. We do the policies, the web site, the public appearances, but we would NOT register as a party. But. Due to 2) above, I knew we couldn’t do it justice the way I would have liked to have seen it done.

There is a restlessness.

At this stage we are trying to give it a voice. But it does not have a home.

 

– Pete


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