Sunday, November 27, 2011

ELECTORAL FRAUD

The Colin Craig Party should apologise to the 55,000 New Zealanders he conned into voting for him. All those votes are now dust-binned as 'wasted votes'. His plus the ragtag others (Democrats for Social Credit. Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, Alliance and Liberterianz) boosted the number of wasted votes to 3.6%.

Putting aside the fact that Craig is seen by many as the Pakeha answer to Bishop Brian Tamaki and by others as a poor little rich boy who tried to buy his way into parliament, one really wonders about the ethics of someone who reportedly commissions a raft of 'dubious' polls, run by a company owned by one of henchmen, which purported to show he was going to win Rodney. It was on that basis that he attempted to sell himself to New Zealand as a serious contender.

It is a matter of record that he lost Rodney big time (plus $1.6m). The other big loser was the 55,000 who were silly enough to believe what he said.

There may be a place so another so called centrist Party in New Zealand politics to take the place of United Future. But if there is I'm not at all sure that Craig is the person to lead it.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was glad to vote Conservative.

Anonymous said...

A vote is an individual's choice to make and to slag them because they don't vote for spmething within what you seem to see as a suitable brand within a range of brands is appalling. Some intelligent people think the system is so corrupt and broken it doesn't warrant a vote at all.

Redbaiter said...

Craig’s strategy emulates that of the Canadian Conservative Party, now the most powerful political movement in that country.

The Canadian Conservative party came to power in the 2006 federal election as a minority government, a position it maintained after the 2008 election, before winning its first majority government in 2011. The current party leader is Stephen Harper, who has been the Prime Minister of Canada since 2006.

The Nationals, basically just Labour with a slightly less red hue and notwithstanding current popularity with NZ’s urban liberals, will soon have run their course.

Anonymous said...

"Putting aside the fact that Craig is seen by many as the Pakeha answer to Bishop Brian Tamaki"

C'mon, that's just a cowardly smear.

"a poor little rich boy who tried to buy his way into parliament"

That's exactly what I'd expect a leftist to say.

Andrei said...

The Colin Craig Party should apologise to the 55,000 New Zealanders he conned into voting for him. All those votes are now dust-binned as 'wasted votes"

Your solution to "wasted votes"?

I know - people who "wasted"weem their votes should have used them to vote for someone you approve of even if they don't.

k said...

The business that printed all his (binned) flyers will have liked Craig... although they did have distinct nats look about them.

PM of NZ said...

Conned? 55,000 New Zealanders decided wanted something right leaning but another dose of Smile and Wave's mediocrity was not for them. And that ACT on life support or Winston First as MMP poster boy were not options that they might stomach.

The only ones being conned are those that do not believe the CP is here to stay.

Anonymous said...

I didnt want to vote for crap like key a money market dealer with a smarly smile, my vote wasnt wasted,I at least voted for a honest person, not crap that the nats put up to rejuvinate garbage
THE MONEY MARKET DEALER WILL NOW PUT NZ UP FOR SALE(to himself and his dealer mates)

Shane Ponting said...

Wasted votes are the fault of MMP not of anyone trying to get into parliament without sufficient public appeal.

That the majority voted to keep it this way shows how engaged politically your average punter is.

I was in favour of either STV or PV.

Anonymous said...

Cynical, anti-Christian post.
You just do not like his good, solid values.

Jane said...

What a load of crap. I bet you not one of those 50,000 that voted for the Conservatives think that their vote was wasted. Those 50,000 are voicing that New Zealand is wanting a change, and that voice will grow even stronger. Come next election and they'll be in. Write something that is not filled with so much dribble.

Anonymous said...

Jane's right. When you have choices respect someone who choses differently. Maybe people voted for the Conservative for the right reasons. Tamaki and Craig do not appear to have the same motives - people could see that and that's why Tamaki fell over.

He paid his own way as well.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Jane and anon, but Craig's run was always a waste and won't last. The manifesto, a joke. You might as well have voted for Winston, the Conservatives have a lot more in common with NZF than anyone else.

So go to it.