Another millionaire party has been launched in New Zealand. This time it is Gareth Morgan who has announced the formation of the opportunity party.
Businessman Gareth Morgan has entered politics, launching the Opportunities Party.
The environmentalist and economist unveiled his new career move in a video, which shows him standing on Parliament’s lawn explaining why he wants to walk the corridors of power.
“The beef I have with establishment parties and career politicians is they try to do as little as possible,” he says.
“They don’t want their voters disturbed. Clearly I don’t have that problem. I’m here to disturb you.”
I am sure his attempt will be different. For a while he has been talking intelligently about issues and his Morgan Foundation has performed some very good work on issues such as analysing the Emissions Trading Scheme and describing how it is a rort. He is difficult to place politically. Environmentally he is rather green but economically he is rather dry in a sort of green party combined with ACT sort of way. National’s blue green supporters are going to be tempted to switch.
So it will be interesting to see how his party goes. It will not lack for resources but ego driven attempts to create mass movement parties in New Zealand have not succeeded so far.