Hmm. I’m not sure about the reliability of privately-funded political surveys (although National Party operative David Farrar may do quite well from them) but I notice this approach …

The leaflet includes a survey of 2200 New Zealanders commissioned by Mr Craig which showed that 71 per cent of respondents felt MPs should consult their electorates and vote according to their wishes.

… targeting National MPs seems to be standard fare for Colin Craig’s Conservative Party.

Here’s a NZ Herald report about Colin Craig’s latest effort to get traction for his Party. He seems to be trying to establish a point of difference, re-staking a claim on the right of the political spectrum.

With the ACT Party looking shaky to the point of distemper, there will be room on the right for a new fringe party. Mr Craig may be quite prescient in basing a line of attack on Prime Minister John Key’s credibility as expressed in his twisting-in-the-wind voting record.

But calling John Key “too gay”? Really?

Colin Craig says Key too gay

“First, attract attention by any means…”

It was interesting to hear that Lockwood Smith’s biggest regret after 30 years in Parliament was that he voted in accordance with his electorate’s wishes and not his conscience on the issue of Homosexual Law Reform…

On Wednesday, he told the House of his remorse at some of his past decisions.
“Regrets that have lingered include my voting against the homosexual law reform bill in 1986.
“I faced the classic dilemma of voting according to my own judgement or the opinion of those I’d been elected to represent. As a new member, I opted for the latter and always regretted it.”
Parliament’s departing Speaker has told the House his biggest political regret is voting against the decriminalisation of homosexuality. — Radio NZ

If Colin Craig’s public pressure campaign succeeds, perhaps there’ll be more regrets of the same type expressed.

Does Mr Craig miss the point that roughly half the MPS in Parliament are list MPs … so they have no electorate to canvass for remote-control voting guidance of the sort he seeks to apply to Mr Key?

It’s an old debate — should MPs vote on the basis of myriad informal referendums (referenda) expressing the electorate’s ‘wishes’? … Or are they there to represent the electorate applying their best judgement and in accordance with their conscience?

I’m with option 2.

– P