My inaccuracies re NZ election
TomR at orgo.cad.gu.edu.au
Mon Nov 18 01:05:44 PST 1996
Marcus quite correctly pointed out several inaccuracies in my earlier
posting about the NZ election. I hope I haven't misled anyone. I intended to
make it fairly plain in my posting that the information was top-of-my-head
standard only (aside from the vote percentages, which were gleaned from
perusing a copy of a fax from NZ's chief electoral officer).
Probably the most egregious howler was labelling United as the Christian
Right, followed closely by overlooking the high [near-threshold] vote for
the Christian Coalition. Putting these two mistakes together, I think one
explains the other! ie, I knew there was one conservative religious grouping
somewhere on the electoral "grid", and matched it with the most obvious
"blip" that I could find.
Mixing up the post-1990 Liberals with the 1930s Liberals was erroneous but,
I hope, understandable. Here in Australia our main conservative party has
changed its title from Nationalist, to Liberal (or maybe that was vice
versa), to United Australia Party in the 1920s, to Liberal Party again in
the late 1940s. Thus sometimes history comes full circle, and simulates
unbroken continuity, in matching party labels to ideologies.
I promise to be more careful in future, but anyway, I hope Mike's questions
are now amply answered!
I am still digesting Mike's reply to my posting on Approval versus Instant
Runoff and hope to reply later when I have more free time.
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