Internet Party changes the game

Internet Party changes the game

The Internet Party is currently number 8 on the NZ app store for iOS. Beating out Spotify and almost overtaking Snapchat is no mean feat, just ask any kiwi game developer. But when this is a political party we’re talking about it is literally revolutionary.

What is amazing here is finally a party is making fantastic tech integrations and plugging in democracy the way it could have been done at least 2 elections ago. Online memberships, Android and iOS apps, these are pre-cursors which I suggest will see a rise in membership of political parties on the whole, though not to pre-1984 levels.

Having been shown what is possible, every other party needs to do this if it wants to remain relevant this election and into the future. Whether you like the party or not is no import, they have shown they way forward for political parties to remain relevant and that is what is newsworthy here. If National and Labour don’t have an app in production already someone needs to clear house in their IT and strategy departments.

Changing the game is as important as being in the game. Whether or not the party gets into parliament they have already changed the face of kiwi democracy for the better, congratulations Internet Party


Moving the goalposts to rig the bets

Yesterday John Key made it illegal to find out about our power price changes. By changing the way the statistics are gathered on price increases to make it impossible to verify through an OIA, Key has preempted part of the lefts election strategy and the inevitable public outrage at massive power price increases by being able to ignore it and point to new made up stats. 

Today after doing secret backroom deals with SkyCity they have scrapped funding to the Problem Gambling Foundation. We’ve been seeing this pattern for some time now, and the old maxim rings true of lies, damned lies, and statistics. Welcome to a country where the goal posts change daily and too quickly for you to keep up with, so that only one side can play the game and even the commentators don’t have enough time to tell you when someone scores a goal