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Is The Opportunities Party over? 6 minutes ago

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OPINION: Gareth Morgan's announcement that he will be deregistering The Opportunities Party (TOP) and it will not contest the 2020 election may not spell the end of the movement.

The idea the "board" of TOP made the decision is of course a fallacy - it was Morgan who pulled the plug and under the Party's current constitution he has total say over who is on the board and what they decide.

Rightly or wrongly, since its inception TOP was Gareth Morgan's baby, he fully funded the party, paid for the development of its policies and invested huge amounts of time and energy into barnstorming the country to spread the TOP message.

It was a message that in a year got 60,000 votes, and had it not been for Jacindamania could have seen TOP make the five percent threshold. At its core TOP was a progressive party seeking a more equitable New Zealand through policies based on sound research and an absence of entrenched political dogma.

TOP also lacked political correctness and its core staff, who were largely employees of one or other of Morgan's organisations, were bereft of any vestige of virtue........

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