With Scientists finally waking up and realising that they must have a voice for science and reason to influence the political debate, where could this new found movement go?
It could ferment into a Science Party, with our 5% MMP threshold a Science Party could be an amazing addition to the debate or we could see scientists standing for political parties as politicians.
So who might stand?
Sir Peter Gluckman standing for National: Currently ignored as the PMs Scientific Advisor, Dr Gluckman could turn the National Party on its head if he forced scientific research to trump corporate lobbyists.
Dr Michele Dickenson for National/Labour: Everyones favourite feminist scientist could easily transition to either Labour or National, the only problem she would have running for Labour was her visit to Israel. Supporting the technology that keeps Palestine the largest open aired prison on the planet might be a bit much for liberals.
Dr Mike Joy standing for Greens: The Greens need Dr Mike Joy more than he needs them, but this radical ecologist’s warnings for the last decade have gone unheeded because the political environmental movement have watered down their response to Dairy, Dr Mike Joy could reverse that.
Kyle MacDonald standing for Labour: The desperation mental health has fallen to requires someone with real mana in the field and an understanding of the utter failings of the current public service to really force that change is required. Labour need a far stronger voice on mental health because they are too muffled by the PSA to critique the staffing issues that impact voters, Kyle could be that advocate.
Dr Jarrod Gilbert standing for Green: The Greens desperately need a position on Policing and Prisons that are solution based, Dr Gilbert’s work in this area gives him insight to the NZ crime scene that is almost unequaled academically and his ability to highlight the pointless bullshit of get tough on crime politics would be a major boon for the Greens.