Just a coincidence?

A  lot of farmers in the south have recently received a letter from Act MP John Boscawen seeking their views and support.

MPs have access to electoral rolls which give names, addresses and occupations but this letter doesn’t appear to have gone to all farmers.

All those I know have received the letter are members of Federated Farmers and I’ve yet to find any who isn’t a member of Feds who’s got the letter.

I’m not suggesting that the Federated Farmers’ data base has been used – Feds works with and keeps its distance from all political parties.

And my sample may not be representative. There could well be Feds members who haven’t got the letter and non-members who have.

But I did wonder if the announcement that former Feds president Don Nicolson was standing for Act and the apparent targeting of this letter is just a coincidence.

UPDATE: – Bulaman’s comment below shows at least one non-Feds member got the letter.

6 Responses to Just a coincidence?

  1. Cadwallader says:

    Interesting. Do you know in % terms how many farmers are in the Feds?

  2. Bulaman says:

    I got it and am not a member of the Frustrated Farmers.. RD address tho

  3. homepaddock says:

    Cadwallader – I think it’s more than 50% – far more than any political party except for National.

    Bulaman – It is just a coincidence, then.

  4. gravedodger says:

    I cannot believe I am promoting another “law” but I seriously question whether we need a mandating law that anyone who spams, junk mails, cold calls or otherwise makes an unwanted contact must disclose, if asked, how they accessed the contact used with an appropriate sanction for false info.

    Interesting technique advised the other day to counter computor calling to assess if that time was a contactable time. You know when you answer an incoming call and no-one there when you pick up.
    Immediately hit your # button several times to cancel the traceability of your number on that call.

  5. peteremcc says:

    We combine the electoral roll with other localised data (like polling booth data) to make sure we’re sending stuff to the best areas.

    -Peter

  6. homepaddock says:

    Thanks Peter – coincidentally the best areas seem to have more members of Feds.

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