How to lose friends and alienate people

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A reader has sent me this gem from Colin Craig’s Conservative Party.

Now, I’m no genius, but if my entire political future rested on being gifted a safe seat by the National Party, I’m not sure I’d use my campaign launch as a vehicle to simply attack National:

Had a guts full of National’s abandoning their principles? Had enough of their arrogance? Had enough of them ignoring referendums; like the one on asset sales and the one on anti-smacking? Had enough of Bill English’s borrowing habits? Had enough of the two waka Government?

Come and meet the man who isn’t afraid to say ‘enough is enough’. Come and hear Colin Craig’s antidote to National’s toxic behaviour. Come and meet the man who will give our next Government some backbone.

Now look, I know Colin and his millions are the only asset the Conservatives have. But can they please get photo of him where he doesn’t look like he’s just killed someone?

Colin and Russel crash land on planet fluoride

It seems that New Zealand Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is the candidate who just keeps on giving. He is “undecided” if planes are flying overhead and spraying mind control chemicals (chemtrails for those of you oblivious to the New World Order), “not sure” whether NASA have landed on the moon, and thinks fluoridation is dangerous and mass medication. He has been ridiculed relentlessly by tweeters and the media. The left will no doubt make an issue of Craig’s more alternative perspectives in 2014, but for some issues it could be an issue of pots calling the kettle black, or Green.

In April the Green Party adopted their new health policy, which includes the following:

[Source: https://www.greens.org.nz/policy/health-policy]

The Greens want Councils to enable residents to “opt-out” of having fluoride, and seem supportive of the Anti-Fluoride Brigade arguments of dental fluorosis and mass medication. Just to be clear, this has nothing to do with whitening strips, we received a few confused emails about this.

Historically the Greens have supported local referenda to decide the issue  an idea sure to be popular with binding referendum fan Colin Craig. While Labour has recently shown how a policy process driven by members can be very positive (see the Policy Platform), the Greens are showing their policy, like that of the Conservatives, is developed by a party of conspiracy theorists.

Perhaps the Conservative Party and the Greens have more in common than expected and we could see an anti-science coalition. While David Cunliffe was quick to rule out working with Colin Craig after yesterday morning’s moon landing fiasco, if he’s in a bind come 2014, it would seem the Greens and the Conservatives might have more in common than he might expect…

Bad news for Colin Craig

Despite having endless media coverage since Louisa Wall’s marriage equality members bill was drawn a few weeks ago, the latest Roy Morgan poll has bad news for Colin Craig.

His Conservative Party have dropped 1.5%, down to a total of 1.5%.

He’ll be deeply disappointed by this result. I’ve heard many people predict that Louisa’s bill might just be the catalyst that Colin Craig needs to get into Parliament, but he simply doesn’t seem to be getting any traction.

Also, from Gary Morgan, on the result of the poll:

A potential Labour/Greens alliance (46%, up 5%) now holds a significant advantage over National (44%) and means if a New Zealand Election were held now it would be ‘too close to call’ and depend on the voting results of minor parties and whether they crossed the 5% threshold to win list seats.

How to build a political party

I’ve just been sent this impressive set of documents (see below). It has been sent out by the Colin Craig’s Conservative Party to their full list of contacts, and presumably their membership as well. I’d be interested to know how many actual financial members they have, but they do claim to have sent this to a list of 3,000 supporters. That is a very decent start.

There are three documents – a welcome letter from Colin Craig. It’s full of fluff, but it does the job. The a page with their four goals for 2012, and the final page lists particular ways you can help achieve their four goals. The back of the final page has a freepost to return the document, presumably with some payment.

Their four goals are worth looking at –

1. Increase Membership

This has to be the main goal of any new political party, particular in the year following an election. I’d be interested to know what sort of response rate they get out of their 3,000 supporters, but it isn’t hard to imagine that this letter will push them past the 500 they need.

2. Form Electorate Committees

Also an important task for a new political party. In Wellington Central we never saw the Conservative Party candidate, and the contact that we were given for their local party lived in Ohariu. They, like all other political parties, need more feet on the ground.

3. Publish and Distribute a Booklet/Magazine

You may remember that during the campaign the Conservative Party published a large glossy booklet filled with stock photos. They’re planning on doing it again. I’m not 100% convinced it’s the best spend of their money, but I’m not in a hurry to give them better advice either.

4. Build a Financial Support Base

Well, Colin’s pockets obviously aren’t limitless. Makes sense that they tap their supporters. If they do it properly, it should be easy enough for them to sustain the party organisation until the next campaign, at which point they will be needing Colin to open his wallet again.

The third page is probably the best – it gives the members and supporters a list of nine simple ways they can help achieve the four goals. It’s not rocket science, but they’ve hit the nail on the head.

The Conservative Party obviously have some decent operators on board – while it may not be perfect, this is far from amature hour. Without a seat in Parliament, it’s going to be hard for them to get any airtime in the next few years, but they obviously are already looking to the long-term success of the party.

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