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Be clear that TOP is about more than any set of policies. It's about a different style of politics

Be clear that TOP is about more than any set of policies. It's about a different style of politics

The public, and the media, are accustomed to parties being defined by their policies. So any list of TOP 7 policies runs the risk of permanently defining TOP in the minds of the public and the media. But it's my understanding, and my hope, that TOP is about much more than that: it is about an evidence-based approach to politics. I think TOP should be clear that the most important part of its mission - over and above any particular policies - is to bring an evidence-based voice to NZ politics.

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    • John Gibson
      commented 2016-12-10 19:25:06 +1300
      I believe we need to focus on a very few key policies. Say 4 or 5 as a minimum and absolutely no more than 10. Otherwise we become trapped into having to dissipate our energies on promoting and defending an ever growing range of policies. Let’s identify the handful or so of “king hits” that have two key characteristics: first they must be game changers, not fringe policies; second they should be capable of being readily encapsulated into a practical negotiation package with whichever party forms the next government. This latter point means that that we should be prepared to accept pragmatic gradual adoption of a policy and go to the negotiation table with a clear idea of how we will achieve this.
    • John Gibson
      tagged this with important 2016-12-10 19:25:05 +1300
    • Chelsea Finnie
      tagged this with essential 2016-12-03 22:45:02 +1300
    • Michael Shallcrass
      tagged this with important 2016-12-02 19:29:08 +1300
    • Gene Dalefield
      tagged this with important 2016-11-30 16:22:58 +1300
    • Sue Rine
      tagged this with important 2016-11-29 19:24:28 +1300
    • Bruce Thomas
      tagged this with important 2016-11-28 17:58:31 +1300
    • Tam Eaton
      followed this page 2016-11-28 15:48:26 +1300
    • Casey Flay
      commented 2016-11-28 12:39:30 +1300
      This is why i follow Gareth.
    • Casey Flay
      tagged this with essential 2016-11-28 12:39:29 +1300
    • Nathan Shaw
      tagged this with important 2016-11-28 10:11:31 +1300
    • Andi Shen Liu
      tagged this with essential 2016-11-28 00:48:03 +1300
    • Alan Dawn
      tagged this with essential 2016-11-26 20:05:49 +1300
    • Tim O'Donnell
      commented 2016-11-26 19:00:28 +1300
      Agreed, but the media will spin it the best way for them to sell more stories
    • Tim O'Donnell
      tagged this with interesting 2016-11-26 19:00:27 +1300
    • James Reardon
      commented 2016-11-26 16:34:04 +1300
      Well said.
    • James Reardon
      tagged this with essential 2016-11-26 16:34:04 +1300
    • Cimino Cole
      tagged this with essential 2016-11-26 11:15:12 +1300
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      commented 2016-11-26 10:57:28 +1300
      To be honest, the way the world seems to be heading, a political party that campaigns on policy is engaging in a different style of politics.
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      tagged this with interesting 2016-11-26 10:57:28 +1300
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      tagged this with important 2016-11-26 10:57:27 +1300
    • Graeme Kiyoto-Ward
      tagged this with essential 2016-11-26 10:57:27 +1300
    • John Rusk
      published this page in Suggestions 2016-11-26 10:15:19 +1300