Another wee party dreaming

How conservative am I? The answer I got after completely the newly launched Conservative Party questionnaire was not enough for them to want me.

I agreed with a few of the propositions, disagreed with more and like  Zen Tiger  and Lindsay Mitchell I found some difficult to answer. They were either too black and white to fit my views or multi-pronged.

But I won’t bother taking a further look.

A party needs a lot more than a big ego a a few hot-button ideas to succeed.

It has to get at least 500 members and a constitution before it can be registered and then it has to do a lot of work to persuade voters to support it.

Results from the last election show just how difficult it is for the really wee parties: 

Total Votes Counted:

2,356,536*
Party

Party
Votes

%
Votes

Electorate
Seats

List
Seats

Total
Seats

National Party
1,053,398
44.93
41
17
58
Labour Party
796,880
33.99
21
22
43
Green Party
157,613
6.72
0
9
9
ACT New Zealand
85,496
3.65
1
4
5
Māori Party
55,980
2.39
5
0
5

Jim Anderton’s Progressive

21,241
0.91
1
0
1
United Future
20,497
0.87
1
0
1
New Zealand First Party
95,356
4.07
0
0
0

The Bill and Ben Party

13,016
0.56
0
0
0
Kiwi Party
12,755
0.54
0
0
0

Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

9,515
0.41
0
0
0
New Zealand Pacific Party
8,640
0.37
0
0
0
Family Party
8,176
0.35
0
0
0
Alliance
1,909
0.08
0
0
0

Democrats for Social Credit

1,208
0.05
0
0
0
Libertarianz
1,176
0.05
0
0
0
Workers Party
932
0.04
0
0
0

RAM – Residents Action Movement

465
0.02
0
0
0
The Republic of New Zealand Party
313
0.01
0
0
0
 
70
52
122

If you find you’re conservative enough for the party to want you (a score of 10 or more in the quiz) it would pay to look around for another party with views which match yours and has a better chance of getting into parliament.

3 Responses to Another wee party dreaming

  1. Redbaiter says:

    “If you find you’re conservative enough for the party to want you (a score of 10 or more in the quiz) it would pay to look around for another party with views which match yours and has a better chance of getting into parliament.”

    That’s me. I scored 15. What party would you recommend?

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  2. homepaddock says:

    Which party would I recommend? The electable one whose philosophy and policies best fit yours.

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  3. Don McKenzie says:

    I would vote for the devil himself if he could give us BCIR in the manner of Switzerland.

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