22 March 2013
90 percent of Kiwis not interested in Key’s asset sales
The overwhelming majority of New Zealanders have not registered any interest in buying shares in companies that already belong to them, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.
The Government is claiming that over 425,000 people have pre-registered for the Mighty River Power float. Even ignoring the fact that many fake registrations have been lodged, that means 90% of Kiwis have not registered.
“Despite a multi-million dollar taxpayer-funded ad campaign by the National Government and its sharebrokers, 90 percent of New Zealanders have shown that we have no interest in taking part in John Key’s asset sales,” said Dr Norman.
Back up the truck Dr Norman. Using your own logic, that means that even more than 90% of Kiwis aren't interested in signing a petition for a Political Party Initiated Referendum.
But it gets worse. Between them, Labour and the Greens got 862,309 party votes at the 2011 General Election. But their petition has 392,000 signatures, although many of these will be excluded as being duplicates, of children, visitors from overseas and others not registered to vote in New Zealand.
So that means that more than half of those people who voted for Labour and the Greens don't care enough about the issue of asset sales to have signed a petition in the eleven months that signatures were being collected. The Labour and Green MP's are forever going on about all the National Party voters who signed, and because we know that MP's from the Left would NEVER make stories up, that probably takes the Labour/Green figure down to around 35%. That really is an indictment on those parties.
Dr Norman can fudge the numbers all he likes, but the indisputable fact is this; more people pre-regsitered for Mighty River Power shares in thirteen working days than signed his petulant petition in eleven months. Not only did the Greens and Labour lose the 2011 General Election, but they have lost this numbers game too.
Oh dear; how sad; never mind. Let the partial sale of Mighty River Power begin!