Successes and risks of the minor parties | Josie Pagani



Successes and risks of the minor parties

The minor parties all have something to celebrate in the election result. In her Post column Josie argues the success of the smaller parties is partly explained by irritable voters choosing Neither Of The Above out of disillusionment with the old parties.

The minor parties stepped in where the old parties left a vacuum. They promised to dismantle bloat in the public sector, or introduce eye-watering wealth taxes, make dental care free, de-regulate, de-centralise and de-carbonise. They took risks, ran towards the frontline, not away from it, and were rewarded. Now, with greater power comes greater responsibility, or at least increased accountability and scrutiny.

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