Friday, October 13, 2006

Richard Worth - A man who can't let it go


In the 2005 general election, Rodney Hide received 3102 more votes than Richard Worth for the Epsom electorate - giving him a healthy majority and electing him MP for the people of Epsom. Having said that, National received 21 310 party votes against ACT's 1237, so Richard Worth in some ways "won" the party vote for National in that seat - comprehensively. Labour was a poor second with only 9 915 party votes, 40% less than Rodney Hide got as candidate. Epsom was a resounding success for the "centre-right" - it pulled in a 58.4% party vote for National - well above the 39% average - helping to bring in National list MPs, including Richard Worth. It also voted for Rodney Hide, who himself, plus given ACT failed to cross the 5% threshold, also brought in Heather Roy - two centre right candidates on top of National's vote. Had Hide lost, then those two seats would have been split under the St.Lague formula between Labour and National. In other words, a net gain of one for the centre right.
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However, Richard Worth has a major hangup about all of this - he can't get over losing, comprehensively, his electorate in the last election. He campaigned on the basis that a vote for him as local MP gave National an additional MP - which was bullshit - pure and simple. He was in already as the list vote was so overwhelmingly for National. ACT only got 3.4% of the party vote in Epsom, it couldn't even pull in 5% in its natural heartland. Worth was going to get in with the party vote. He was either stupid or a liar for pretending that winning an electorate seat gives a party extra seats when that party is both clearly above the 5% threshold, and also highly unlikely to win more electorate seats than its party vote (the latter is the Maori Party).
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Now lots of sitting MPs in electorates lost their seats in 2005 - most of them Labour and most of them have gotten over it, and moved on. Their newsletters may criticise the Opposition, but they don't harp on about the local MP hoodwinking everyone - or if they do, it isn't a surprise when it is Labour vs. National.
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Not Richard Worth - he is clearly bitter and can't let it go.
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Let's take his rather boring newsletter. I can understand why, before the election, he slagged off Rodney Hide and ACT again and again, and was completely and utterly inaccurate about the effects of voting for Rodney Hide as local MP - but it is over a year.
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Get over it Richard - life's too short. Get a fucking life and attack the REAL enemy - it isn't Rodney - you're just jealous that he is many times more interesting than you.
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In the latest edition of "Newsworthy" he makes one mistake and clutches at straws to put the boot into ACT - the only seriously viable coalition partner National has (United Future has kept Labour in power for two terms, NZ First is in a terminal state and the Maori Party? Don't make me laugh).
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Worth said:
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"ACT made the claim that if Epsom voted for an ACT MP that would put the “ACT team back in Parliament”. That was a nonsense because the Party Vote of ACT was too low to permit that possibility. "
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Um, so who are Rodney Hide and Heather Roy Richard? How stupid is that comment? Getting an ACT electorate MP when ACT is clearly below 5% helps guarantee that ACT party votes contribute towards getting between an additional 1 to 5 ACT MPs.
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Richard - Hide won the seat, you won a list seat - get on with your job, which is being Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition to this appalling Labour government. Have a drink, chill out and grow up. I'd be surprised if the people of Epsom ever give you a chance ever again with this incessant whining about the man THEY chose. 66% of Epsom voters didn't want you as their local electorate MP - why don't you swallow that figure and perform the job of a list Opposition MP - attack the government. 58% didn't vote National for you to attack ACT.

1 comment:

KG said...

Richard who?