The Opportunities Party

A fantastic opportunity for the Opportunities Party on Trademe


Gareth Morgan’s party TOP (The Opportunities Party) missed out on the opportunity to secure all its possible Domain names but luckily someone secured them for them. On the advertisement it says,

Imagine the fun with these domains!” and somehow I don’t think the seller is directing that comment towards Gareth Morgan. Certainly, this trademe ad is a fantastic opportunity for Gareth Morgan to buy all the domains he needs for his new party this election. It is also an opportunity for someone to have a lot of fun. Imagine the opportunity for political mischief.

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Go and sell that to the oldies and see how you get on, Gareth

I’m fast coming to the conclusion that Gareth Morgan is a dead set eff-wit.

The interesting thing is he seems hell bent on proving it to all?New Zealand.

Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan says he doesn’t support raising the age of superannuation, but he does want means-testing to restrict higher-income earners who don’t need it.

He also told The Nation under his policy everyone would get a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $10,000 a year, paid for by slashing current super entitlements. ? Read more »

Just what we need, another rich political retard trying to buy his way into parliament

Just what we need, another rich political retard trying to buy his way into parliament.

It certainly looks like Gareth Morgan is actually dumb enough to put his popularity to the test.

Gareth Morgan’s new political party has been officially registered by the Electoral Commission.

Morgan launched The Opportunities Party (Top) last year and after signing up more than 2000 financial members applied for registration in January. ? Read more »

Does Gareth Morgan really believe in evidence-based policy

Gareth Morgan states that he is unlike other political parties?and that their policies are evidence-based.

Once we have a clear idea of the problem, we can look at opportunities to resolve it. What does the theory suggest? What does the evidence suggest? What have we tried in the past, and how did that work? What have they tried overseas, and how well did that work?

Of course there is evidence and there is evidence. Some evidence is high quality, and priority should always be given to that. Establishment governments here and overseas often don?t want to monitor and evaluate policy because they don?t want to know if it hasn?t worked. Sometimes an idea is new or novel, and hasn?t been tried elsewhere. As a result, sometimes there isn?t much evidence around on a particular topic. However, lack of high quality evidence shouldn?t always be a barrier to action. Overall, we have to make a judgement based on the best available evidence at the time, which is where values come into play.

Establishment parties often twist the question of evidence to their political advantage. Look at the issue of obesity, where the Government has announced a ?22 point plan? to deal with the problem. They say there is no evidence that junk food taxes work, yet there is more evidence for the use of junk food taxes and restrictions on advertising to children than there is for any of the policies in their ?22 point plan?.

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Gareth Morgan fails on evidence

Gareth Morgan shows his political naivety in his recent email?to people signed up for his spam.

He keeps going on about evidence:

3. Stick to the Evidence
If you disagree with someone, it might be because you don?t think their idea will work. If that is the case, tell them why. Cite the evidence if you can; that is the great thing about the internet, this stuff is so easy to find.

Yet appears not to have seen the evidence in front of his eyes.

At the end of the day, everyone is equal; one person one vote. The Opportunities Party only needs 100,000 votes to make it into Parliament. We don?t need to convince the whole country.

Well Gareth, good luck at getting into parliament on 100,000 votes. 100,000 votes has never been enough to get into parliament under MMP. ? Read more »

Will Gareth Morgan apply the same standards to politics?

Gareth Morgan has published a passage about the TOP not being a one-man band on his new party?s website.

In reality our team is huge, because we have been drawing on the work of scientists and economists from New Zealand and abroad. Anyone who has followed my work will know that I take an evidence-based position on any issue. That means drawing together the academic and policy contributions of a great many professionals.

The litmus test of how serious Gareth Morgan is will be whether he takes the same approach to campaigning.

Will he take an evidence-based position on campaigning? ? Read more »