Another reason 500 members too few for party

The Veteran at No Minister has performed a community service by requesting that the Auditor General investigate payments made to  Jim Anderton as leader of the Progressive Party which is a party in name only.

This supports my contention that 500 members is too low a threshold for a group to enlist before they can register as a political party.

MMP lets wee parties into parliament where they cost us a lot of money and potentially into government where they can wield considerable power as well.

If they can’t get at least a couple of thousand people to agree with their principles and philosophy and pay a sub they’re not parties they’re lobby groups.

If the few remaining members are told to sign up to another party which leaves the group with just a leader, they’re not parties, they’re one-man vanity vehicles.

2 Responses to Another reason 500 members too few for party

  1. gravedodger says:

    During the death throes of the last socialist government would that have been a utility vanity vehicle with an expired WOF and REGO

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  2. homepaddock says:

    Gravedodger – either that or a limo bedecked with baubles.

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