Getting the basics wrong

It is hard enough to run a party, let alone try and establish a new on in election year. The last thing you need is to get the basics wrong.

His party? is less than a month old but multimillionaire businessman Colin Craig’s Conservative Party could already be in violation of the electoral rules.

The former Auckland mayoral candidate launched the party this month to contest the general election, saying it would campaign on tougher sentences for criminals, cutting social welfare payments if beneficiaries were not prepared to work, and a review of smacking laws.

But neither the party’s website nor a billboard outside its Auckland headquarters carries an authorisation statement ? as required by law.

That is just dumb. It shows the lack of political professionals in Craig’s setup, it is something that will hurt him long term.