I don’t think there’s anything interesting to say about Aaron Gilmore’s ‘waiter-gate’, or whatever the galley are calling it, but there is an interesting point to be made about why Aaron Gilmore was even a candidate who placed on the National list at all, given that he seems so unpopular within his own party.
Gilmore ran in a Labour Party safe seat. Now, the National Party knows that if they run candidates in their opposition’s safe seats then it boosts their party vote, and the party vote is really the only vote that counts. But campaigning for a seat is an expensive and time-consuming exercise, so no intelligent, aspiring politician is going to take six months off work, hit up all their friends and relatives for fund-raising, or pay for all their billboards themselves if they have no chance of actually winning that seat or making it in on the list.
Enter Aaron Gilmore, and hundreds of aspiring candidates just like him who are essentially just mugs that their parties are scamming for cash. I guess some of them know they have no political future and they do it because they believe in their party, but the rest think they’re going to ‘prove themselves’ and be promoted onto bigger and better things.
They aren’t, but they don’t have to know that, because then the money would dry up. Thus their placing on the list, way, way down where they’ll never get elected. Until we have an opposition like Goff-era Labour and an election like 2011, when even National’s hopeless cash-cow suckers make it in.
Doing so well in an election that even your unelectable buffoons make it in is a nice problem to have, but it can still be a problem as National is seeing this week.