Another wee party dreaming

August 4, 2011

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.


Did you see the one about . . .

May 22, 2011

The tertiary education conundrum – Mydeology thinks it’s time for a rethink.

I wannabe a pseudo scientist – has Michael Edmonds got a deal for you!

21 accents – Zen Tiger on 21 ways to say . . .

If you want a hundred trillion dollars – Anti-Dismal on hyperinflation.

What makes some people vote – Lindsay Mitchell on the power of positive personality.

Science journalism is not the same as science – Larvatus Prodeo on the science news cycle.

91863 – Credo Quia Absurdum Est deals with a spam phone caller and also has a funny story about Mummy’s job.


Did you see the one about . . .

August 17, 2010

Bookworm – creative photography at Mila’s Daydreams. (Hat tip: Beaties Book Blog).

I love my job – RivettingKate Taylor on the joys of her work.

The blogosphere prevails – Zen Tiger marks his 1000th post at New Zealand Conservative with some thoughts on blogging (a bit late with this one).

It’s inappropriate to be judgemental – Karl du Fresne on the ubiquitous prissy euphemism.

Round numbers are over rated: celebrating 191 posts – Darcy Cowan at Sci Blogs does the numbers.

Myths of socialism # 1 – Macdoctor in the first of a series countering the left’s mistakes.


Super powers

March 21, 2010

What super powers do we need for the modern world? Not the comic book ones, but ones which make us better people.

Zen Tiger at NZ Conservative muses on this and has come up with a list of five:

1. Comprehend Languages.
2. Know names.
3. Teleport.
4. Healing Touch.
5. Iron Will.

I’ve deliberately left out Zen’s explanations and suggestions of alternate powers because the post deserves to be read in full.

He’s aiming for a top 10. I’ve added:

6. the power to truly forgive and fully forget slights

7. the power to foresee unforeseen consequences.


Please tell me it isn’t so – updated & updated again

April 7, 2009

Trans Tasman is reporting that Michael Cullen will be appointed to chair NZ Post and KiwiBank when Jim Bolger retires.

A loyal National Party member has just phoned to tell me he and others who spent nine years working to get Cullen’s hands off the reins are furious about this and I share their views.

There must be someone better equipped for these roles than the man who overtaxed and over spent for nine long years, leaving our economy far less able to weather the recession than it would have been had his policies been directed at growth rather than redistribution.

SOEs have been underperforming and need highly skilled leadership and that requires someone with a far greater regard for other people’s money than Cullen.

When the idea of Cullen chairing an SOE was  first mooted, blue tinted bloggers were united in their opposition. If the first to react are any indication they haven’t changed their minds: 

Fairfacts Media asks what is John Key playing at?

Kiwiblog says it’s a crappy move

UPDATE: SOE Minister Simon Power has announced:

“Hon Dr Michael Cullen has been appointed to the board of New Zealand Post, and is expected to become deputy chair in the medium term. 

UPDATE 2:

Fairfacts Media thinks Cullen deputising Bolger is too good to be true

At No Minsiter Psycho Milt  is amused but Lou Taylor isn’t.

Keeping Stock thinks John Key is up to something

UPDATE 3:

Roarprawn reckons it’s a poisoned chalice.

Cactus Kate was forced to seek solace in oysters and Moet

Barnsley Bill’s vote has been lost  and Not PC wonders why  he gave it to National anyway.

Whaleoil is disgusted then has second thoughts  and thinks John Key has snookered Labour.

UPDATE 4:

The red rag was thrown and the blue blogs roared, but what if we’re wrong and it’s really a cunning plot?

Fairfacts Media doesn’t think the job’s as good as it looks.

Anti Dismal  has a better idea – sell the SOEs.

UPDATE 5:

at NZ Conservative Zen Tiger spots a pirate plot  and muses on the relevance of history

Macdcotor advises Cullen not to trip on the way out.

At Tumeke!  Tim Selwyn thinks it’s unbelievable.


When you’re weary . . .

April 3, 2009

Simon and Garfunkel’s greatest hits was the first LP I ever bought and Bridge Over Troubled Water has remained one of my favourite songs.

They’re sure to be singing that when they’re in Auckland for a concert in June. I don’t know if I’ll be there, but it’s definitely on my wish-list.

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Bomber has written a haiku to celebrate 

Zen Tiger posts on the sounds of unsilence. 


Did you see the light/dark?

March 29, 2009

Did you see the light dark last night?

TV3 showed us the lights on the Sky Tower going out (and also lots of candles burning).

The Herald declared Earth Hour a success but Keeping Stock reckoned that was a Tui truth.

Around other blogs this morning:

Zen Tiger at NZ Conservative has a much better idea for dirt day once a week

Psycho Milt at No Minister had some family learning opportunities

And some I missed last night:

A seven year old speaks sense at M&M

Dave Gee switched on for sanity hour

Roarprawn declared it a crock

Oswald Bastable switched on everything

Mr Dennis lit up too.


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