Will TOP use evidence based campaigning?

Gareth Morgan is back in the political game after massive demand from those people who think his money adds a lot to the NZ political scene. Quote:

The Opportunities Party (TOP) is back – and it has a new leader.

Deputy Geoff Simmons will step into the top spot left vacant by Gareth Morgan.

Mr Simmons says loyal supporters made it impossible to disband.

“They felt TOP hadn’t quite reached its potential. Ten months before the election wasn’t a lot of time to really explain a lot of our messages and reach as many people as we could, so they feel it’s worth another crack.”

Dr Morgan was going to deregister the party last month, but changed his mind.

The new TOP board will comprise of Mr Simmons and two other 2017 TOP candidates – Olly Wilson and Paddy Plunket. Dr Morgan will be chair of the party’s policy committee.

“Policy has always been my main interest,” says Dr Morgan.

TOP will continue to be unique – presenting to Parliament coherent, evidence-informed policy developed by experts. That is a major differentiation between TOP and the establishment parties. The place for the horse-trading and compromise which too often renders policy inadequate, is Parliament in full view of the voting public, not in the back rooms of political parties.” End quote.

This time around, will TOP use evidence based campaigning or will they continue to make it up as they go along in the way Gareth did in 2017?

And will anyone point out that the other major differentiation between TOP and the Establishment parties is that the Establishment parties are actually in parliament?

If they are so committed to evidence-based policy why haven’t they looked at the evidence that exists that money can’t buy you elections? If money could buy elections then the Act party would be in government, Hillary Clinton would be POTUS, Colin Craig would be in parliament and so would TOP.

There is also ample evidence that wearing loud colourful shirts means people don’t take you seriously. In fact, it makes you look like a poof or a big fat party animal: