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This is how you get elected.

This is how you get elected.

1. Populism: The first thing you need to do is go after the Giant Multinationals that send profits offshore. No one here suffers from that idea, and it would be extremely popular. Tax the multinationals properly and drop taxes drastically on small businesses. 2. Nationalism: The second thing you need to do is adopt a philosophy of 'New Zealand-ism, not Globalism'. Come out against Free Trade deals, call both Labour and National leaders corporatist neoliberal hacks (and double down on this whenever questioned) and tell the New Zealand people we are going to 'Lead the world again' (good slogan idea too). We are going to lead the world on climate change and technological advancement (run ads featuring Ernest Rutherford, Sir Ed Hillary and Kate Sheppard with the slogan "lets lead the world again" featuring prominently. 3. Sympathy: You need to do lunches in low decile NZ schools, dedicate some resources to homeless shelters and food banks, and legalise low level drugs like weed (cite the strain it puts on our prison system and the tax payer). Visit low decile schools and look people in the eye and say your the only one who can help (all while the cameras roll of course). Congratulations, you are now Prime Minister of New Zealand. P.S. I'm available if you need a campaign manager!

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    • Henry Stokes
      commented 2017-01-22 11:03:06 +1300
      I am starting a party in 2020 to follow this blueprint
    • Henry Stokes
      commented 2017-01-22 11:02:03 +1300
      I would have to disagree that New Zealanders are not nationalistic. Look at the popularity of Norman Kirk or Lange – despite their arguable economic shortcomings they stood up for our ideals. We don’t have that anymore. If a leader showed even a hint of strength in would re-invigorate the silent majority & you would see kiwi nationalism again
    • James Turnbull
      commented 2016-12-09 10:42:09 +1300
      Ken Horlor … yes, I think Mr Trump just did that !

      Jamie Brahm … as above
    • Jamie Brahm
      commented 2016-12-08 17:10:04 +1300
      And in the sloganeering department, that one, powerful gem “Opportunity to have your voice actually matter”.
    • Jamie Brahm
      commented 2016-12-08 17:09:16 +1300
      I’d agree in principle with this post, although it has no real connection to tax fairness, or the housing crisis. And NZ’ers aren’t big on nationalism, we have humility. I don’t think being strong on law and order is mainstream any more (re the comments). That’s more a retirement age mentality I think (younger thinkers see that prison systems are an utter failure at reducing offending). But rather than copy from trumps book, I’d copy from PETERS without the old school retirement age morality of his support base – social justice policies that target need not group identity, restricted immigration, a ban on foreign land investing, a govt run investment project to counteract borrowing, but mixed with more progressive thinking such as better public transport, even local economies (like a few leaves from the more exciting sounding, practical green ideas). MOST IMPORTANTLY, take the very best of peters populist ideas. The cream of the crop, that he never realized for the gem it is – MAKE REFERENDUMS BINDING. Like some US states have. That should be a core platform for a party somewhere, the absolute promise to make referendums binding, and select commitees binding (why not, if you do both, that means the issues you know you can’t deal with, but the public are stupid about, you can put the responsibility over to some experts in their feild). To completely destroy the slow grinding gears of beaurocratic caucus, and how it holds public interest back. And that way, no need to address weed, or anything else minorities might be concerned about – unsure, just put it to a vote. A party that campaigned centrally on making those binding, would be bound to pick up a populist vote – and they’d have mine.
    • Henry Stokes
      commented 2016-12-08 14:53:44 +1300
      Yeah the weed thing was more just a bone to throw to the youth
    • Ken Horlor
      commented 2016-12-08 03:15:32 +1300
      This is a good strategy but with making weed legal conflicts with traditional law and order norms, in NZ, strong law and order wins votes, lax doesn’t, just saying.
    • Ken Horlor
      tagged this with good 2016-12-08 03:15:32 +1300
    • Alexandra Hallatt
      commented 2016-12-07 23:05:34 +1300
      Yes!!!!!
    • Alexandra Hallatt
      tagged this with good 2016-12-07 23:05:33 +1300
    • Henry Stokes
      commented 2016-12-07 18:23:34 +1300
      Oliver that’s a shame, one day someone will landslide with that strategy
    • Oliver Krollmann
      commented 2016-12-07 18:13:59 +1300
      Not on topic, and not TOP’s strategy, either
    • Oliver Krollmann
      tagged this with bad 2016-12-07 18:13:59 +1300
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      followed this page 2016-12-07 18:12:20 +1300
    • Henry Stokes
      tagged this with good 2016-12-07 15:33:44 +1300
    • Henry Stokes
      published this page in How would you make New Zealand Fair Again? 2016-12-07 15:32:05 +1300