Monday, March 25, 2013

Russel's self-contradiction

Russel Norman has put out a media release, but he's shot himself in the foot; here's the beginning of what he has released:




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!



5 comments:

T. Gully said...

The petition has been successful. The referendum will be held.
A clear majority of New Zealanders will state that the oppose the sale of our assets.
Key and his fawning flunkies will be shown to be acting against the will of the people.

This is what frightens you so.

Keeping Stock said...

On yer bike Mr Guyton.

bsprout said...

KS, let's just have the referendum and see who's right ;-)

Des Pirrett said...

Friday, 22 March 2013, 4:25 pm
Press Release: Green Party

22 March 2013
90 percent of Kiwis not interested in voting for the Green Party.
The overwhelming majority of New Zealanders have not registered any interest in voting for the Green Party, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.
Even ignoring the fact that many Green voters have no idea what the Green Party stands for, that means 90% of Kiwis do understand what we stand for and will never vote for us.
Despite our campaign to show we are the only honest Party in NZ politics, 90 percent of New Zealanders have shown that they have no interest in being taken in by our naivety and lack of credibility, said Dr Norman.

Kermit said...

Verdantphobia - unreasonable fear of all things green. This affliction manifests as constant nervousness and an inability to think rationally. Verdantphobia is commony amongst Tories, who suffer a number of rationality-extinguishing afflictions, including WPDS (Winston Peters Derangement Syndrome, and general torpitude of thought). There appears to be no simple cure.