Which is correct. I didn’t intend to fix the problem, I was just highlighting it. But it got me thinking…..
There are 16 registered political parties at the Electoral Commission. Only 8 of them get any media coverage with the general rule being that you have to have;
- A seat in Parliament already and/or
- Be polling over 0.5%
to get any media coverage.
The problem with this is that it entrenches the political landscape. No one gets to see the other parties so they don’t get coverage. It’s a vicious cycle and the only way to break out of it is to launch a well funded political campaign from the get go.
This has been the state of things for at least the last two elections. In 2014 it was the Internet Party and this election it is TOP getting coverage. But money doesn’t equal good policy. It just means you can pay for people to see you.
An Alliance of Small Parties
A solution could be an alliance of small parties (ASP).
Each election the small parties could come together and make a five minute clip on one of their policies that they think New Zealand should see.These would be spliced together to make a 50min video that people could watch. Informing them of the alternative options in the political landscape.
This wouldn’t be that hard to do. The Internet Party already has the skills as shown in their live coverage of their campaign and #antispybill series. They could host and edit it and we could all see some of the policies coming out of the smaller parties.
These parties are;
- Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party
- Conservative Party of New Zealand
- Internet Party
- MANA Movement
- New Zealand People’s Party
- NZ Outdoors Party
- The New Zealand Democratic Party for Social Credit
All of these parties are registered to run in the 2017 Election campaign and all of them are getting no coverage.
In NZ elections money not only equals speech, but also popularity. In my view this is wrong. A policy from The New Zealand Democratic Party for Social Credit should be side by side with National or Labour policy in the same area. Half the reason we keep following the same old ideas is that we are never informed of the options.