TOP down

Gareth Morgan at Parliament

RNZ?reports: Quote:

It’s all over for the party founded by Gareth Morgan, The Opportunities Party.

The Board of TOP has decided to have its registration with the Electoral Commission cancelled and the party will not contest the 2020 election.

TOP was formed in late 2016 to contest the 2017 election in which it polled 2.4 percent, short of the threshold needed to enter Parliament without an electorate seat. End quote.

You should have hung around, Gareth. As New Zealand First is in the same plight of falling well below the 5% threshold of voter support, there will be a lowering of thresholds before the next election. You wait and see. Quote:

Gareth Morgan presented it as the party of policy, but it became more well known for Dr Morgan’s outbursts on Twitter.

On announcing the demise of the party, Dr Morgan said he was proud of the policy manifesto that had been developed.

“The legacy of that manifesto remains and to be frank was all that personally ever interested me. End quote.

Gareth never learned that, to be elected, he had to have some personal appeal. Voters don’t go for mealy mouthed, miserable individuals who want to kill cats and tax pensioners’ houses. He needed to water down the controversial policies first, get into parliament, and then introduce his platform from there. Forcing one of your candidates to resign and calling her a “pain in the arse” isn’t part of a charm offensive either. But, Gareth knows best, as always. Quote:

“The voting public demonstrated that best practice, evidence-informed policy is not of significant concern when deciding elections.” End quote.

That is my favourite bit. Classic Gareth. A disdainful, dismissive comment on the quality of the electorate he always looked down upon. Now he doesn’t have to pretend to like them. Quote:

“When 20 percent of the vote moves in 48 hours simply on the back of a change of leader, with no improvement at all in policy being offered, what makes the New Zealand voter tick is clear.” End quote.

That was Labour voters coming home. Many of them had been lost under the last couple of leaders and were happy to see someone they could connect with. Figureheads in politics are important, but they do not necessarily make all the policy. Think John Key, David Cameron, Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin. Politics is a popularity contest. But Labour didn’t actually win the election, Gareth. They were selected by Winston. Quote:

The simple fact was that the party lacked the public support it needed, Dr Morgan acknowledged.

“That’s reality and we accept that.

“With no inclination to compromise policy for political ambition, or to de-emphasise best practice policy for the promotion of whatever else attracts people’s votes, it’s pretty obvious what the appropriate course of action for this party should be.” End quote.

In other words, people didn’t vote for me because they are stupid, and I can’t be bothered trying to explain my crazy ideas to the great unwashed.

It gives me heart that wealthy people cannot buy their way into politics in this country, although a few have tried. Colin Craig and Kim Dotcom come to mind, along with Gareth. They all tried to use their considerable wealth to buy influence, and all they did was lose a lot of money. Gareth Morgan thinks he is smart. Trouble is, by rejecting his extreme ideas, the public proved that they were much smarter.