A new alliance that does not make the mistakes of the past parties and focuses on a more diverse range of exciting ideas will have much more chance of succeeding. There are simple, new innovative solutions to overcome the past problems and gain support.
A New Start
It is important to highlight the mistakes that previous groups have made so a new group will not make them. A positive emphasis that the new group or alliance is aware of, and has learnt from previous party's mistakes, and is determined not to make further mistakes, would convince the public that this alliance will be different to the others. This would result in more members and votes. If this is not stated the public will think it is just another ignorant party that will make the same mistakes and has not learnt anything.
Some minor parties, candidates or organizations support many good issues, but have had their names damaged by mistakes that they have made. The problem with maintaining these existing parties, candidates or organizations is that these perceptions will remain in the minds of people, even if the past errors are corrected. This will deter many people from joining or voting for them. People think that all the minor parties up until now have failed and are like dead horses. Therefore, people believe that they are wasting their time supporting them. Many people vote on issues that the current minor parties don't focus on. Therefore, people with certain interests feel left out and not supported by these parties.
Below are some of the mistakes minor parties have made in the past. The new alliance would need to clarify these issues early so that bad perceptions won't be developed. This would be especially important if some current leaders who gave the wrong perception in the past became involved. I am not saying that the untactful statements were not true. It is just that the way they came across gave people the wrong perception, because the statements were not clarified properly or were tactful.
Past Mistakes and the Solutions
Solution and clarifying statement:
In this second example, it is important to remember that a huge number of people vote mainly on environmental issues. The below example of the untactful statements can be used, so long as the public are made aware of the clarification.
Solution and clarifying statement:
Solution and clarifying statement:
Other mistakes offending people include tainting everyone with the same brush because not everyone is the same. For example, there are good people in every country and race. Saying that any particular country or race is bad will offend those good people and the people who know them. If particular people are targeted and their corruption exposed it is important to clarify that it is not because of their race. Only a small percentage of people have an unfair amount of wealth and power to incite violence. It is this power and corruption that is the problem and not their race.
Idolizing a leader is another mistake. If this is done you will lose support from a lot of people such as true Christians who do not believe in this.
Inappropriate direction of preferences has also caused division and a perception that people support the mainstream parties if their party directs preferences to them.
Standing candidates against quality independents who have not yet joined the alliance is another mistake. This would upset the quality independents and mean that they would be less likely to join the alliance.
There are many good independents. However, new independent candidates are seldom elected unless they: 1. Are well known; 2. Are a good leader; 3. Clearly spell out what policies they stand for; 4. Support what their electorate wants.
However, they would have much more chance if they could unite and form a new alliance. Candidates could then work together and promote the alliance policies. That way people would vote for the alliance candidate even if they do not know them, because they will be voting for the alliance and they will know the candidate should support the policies of the alliance. In an alliance only one very good leader would be needed. For unaligned independent candidates to be elected a good leader would have to be formed in each electorate. This would be much harder to do.
Many people are reluctant to let go of a dead horse and are not aware enough of public perceptions. It is logical that if something is not working now and if nothing is done about it, it will not work in the future. If you are a member of an existing party or independent, it is important that you do a survey to find why people did not vote for your party or candidate. I believe that most people will echo something similar to some of the things that are stated in this article. If you do not agree with this article, please do a survey and find out if people support these suggestions. Also ask people why they did not support your existing party or candidate. Please ensure that you have the survey form and complete it. It can also be done online at advantagein.com/politics/survey.htm
The Existing Parties
Members or candidates under the new alliance could be free to disagree and vote against certain policies of the alliance. Instead of going independent, a candidate who disagrees with some issues of the alliance could still be under the alliance and state on their how to vote card what policies they do differ on. That way the public will at least know that the unknown candidate supports most issues of the alliance and is part of it.
A New Alliance
A catchy name is needed to get people interested. A suggestion would be the Solutions Alliance. An organized campaign is needed in every seat, with members doing door knocks and giving householders a leaflet. Street stalls, shows and markets may be the most efficient way. Some members would need to put letters or press releases in the paper and address the media. Sponsors would be needed and members would need to write to potential sponsors so that funding can be raised. It would not be good to charge every member of the alliance a fee, because some people are not well off and this could deter them from joining. The issues that make the new alliance different to previous parties need to be boldly stated. Regular public meetings should be held, so that public feedback and support can be maintained.
Expanding an existing party whose name has not been tarnished could be possible. However, people would be more likely to be interested in something that is newly launched. This is because they may think an existing party that has not grown rapidly yet or adopted exciting policies so far, may never take off.
A strong stance against corruption is needed. Opposing and exposing corruption would need to be a major policy. Any members that show signs of corruption should be stood down unless they apologized, showed remorse and were very committed to changing. Good and honest leadership is needed.
People experienced at observing past patterns of corruption should be appointed to watch for trends of any corruption. Reliable evidence and a party referendum should be used to expel any member. Rumours should not be circulated until there is adequate proof and a review by the appointed investigators.
If a new and honest alliance with great ideas is promoted people would be excited about joining and leaders would be found. This is so long as it follows these recommendations which include a wider range of innovative policies, not repeating past mistakes, clarifying false perceptions and surveying people for feedback. Please ensure that you have also read the policy summary on a single sheet of paper or at advantagein.com/politics/
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