I was a bit perplexed as to why Colin Craig continues to come out with support for what seems like rather extreme views. Yes, he is a minority party leader however drip feeding his views on how wonderful Sarah Palin is, that man-made climate change doesn’t exist and now that Chemtrails could exist takes him to a whole new level. So what is his strategy behind it? There must be some science and reasoning as to why Colin Craig would be willing to make such public statements – and it isn’t just because he wants Ken Ring as a List candidate for the Conservatives.
I can reveal that a piece of research conducted by UMR Research in 2011 is the likely source of Colin Craig’s vote chasing and strategic planning
UMR polled 1000 New Zealanders and found the following:
- 61% of respondents believe there is a God or universal spirit
- 55% of respondents believed some people had psychic powers
- 33% of respondents believed aliens had visited the earth
- 24% of respondents believed that astrology can predict a person’s future
Colin has the first point covered. We know that he has expressed his own belief in God, his chief executive is apparently a Buddhist and the Conservatives list from last election is peppered with committed and open Christian politicians. 61% of the population suggests to Craig that the Conservatives have an extensive pool to reach into to get to the magical 5% threshold. That 61% starts to get really interesting when we use math in only a way Craig would know how and add 1, 2, 3 and 4 to each other – that is a potential pool of voters of 173% of New Zealanders. Colin is on to a winner.
In all seriousness though, Colin Craig and the Conservatives have a huge opportunity. Espousing these sorts of fringe views means that the serious positioning of the Conservatives goes to waste. There is a real space for the Conservatives as the Muldoonists of the future and social conservatives. As a fiscal conservative and social liberal they aren’t my people but there are a swag of voters that Craig should be reaching out to. Those voters are in the provinces, in the cities, in Grey Power and on school boards BUT do they really want to be associated with a man who can’t shut his trap on such things as Chemtrails? Time for Colin Craig to get some discipline.
* This post is written by Jadis – so don’t freak out that DPF would be so mean!