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It could indeed get interesting in 2014, visibly the time was not yet right, but a Maori seat as a base for a broader, not specifically Maori, party is an idea that appeals to me.

In fact, all the parties represented in parliament, other than the Greens, were formed by defections of sitting MPs of another party. A high-profile incumbent who can defend his constituency seat, can bring in list MPs.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Nov 27th, 2011 at 03:10:32 PM EST
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In terms of whether or not the time was right ~ I suspect that's a strategy that takes some effort in terms of party building, in which case a large enough party list vote across the country to elect some party list MP's would be intrinsically less likely in the first general election since forming the party.

Indeed, the success in holding the seat after the defection from the Maori Party is part of the foundation for that party building process, given the need to have confidence that votes below the 5% threshold wouldn't be "wasted" votes. In a setting where the Mana Party will be quite clearly and unambiguously in opposition to most of the government program, its going to be important going into 2014 that people believe Mana party voting will have as much chance of helping elect an anti-NatP MP as a LabP party list vote would do.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Nov 28th, 2011 at 05:01:00 PM EST
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