Monday, August 29, 2011

Sad end for ACT

Have to agree with Danyl's post on this. ACT is now little more than a scam that National is running to hoover up the votes of those to its right. There are still a few genuine ACT candidates at the upper levels of ACT's list, but they'll be dependent for their seats in Parliament on John Banks, a staunch National man and natural conservative opposed to most of what ACT supposedly stands for.

It's kind of a shame, really. I like the idea of a classical liberal party represented in Parliament to act as a counterweight against all the other parties' tendency to treat the citizenry as recalcitrant children who must be made to behave the way their rulers feel is appropriate. It's just too bad that we don't have one - under Hide, ACT went in mainly for populist rabble-rousing (eg the get-tough-on-crime stuff, or the hypocritical perk-busting), and most of the people representing ACT in Parliament have turned out to be fruitcakes of one kind or another. Now they're just a front for National to keep the few remaining ACT supporters from disappearing under the threshold. Not a pleasant end for them.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nothing changes. If only Rodders had kept his fly zipped or paid his fluff's travel bill all would have been well.

James said...

Rodney did pay her bill...with the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars saved thanks to his often solo efforts over the years against state largess.He has been the best champion the kiwi taxpayer has had in the last 10 years bar none....and he gets shat on by the morons in thanks. ACT needs to "go Galt" and let NZ see how bad things can really get when socialist insanity is allowed to run rampant with no-one to check it....

Anonymous said...

You should go Galt James! Then we'll be for it!

Rodney paid up when his troughing got exposed and he had no choice. There's nothing more toxic for a pollie than hypocrisy. He did it to himself though, and that's what really hurts. Now he can go back to being Alan Gibbs' pet dog or whatever it was he used to do.

Psycho Milt said...

Speaking of fruitcakes of one kind or another, here comes James to fling Atlas Shrugged references at us.

Simon said...

“their seats in Parliament on John Banks, a staunch National man and natural conservative opposed to most of what ACT supposedly stands for.”

John Banks couldn’t make an argument to close down the Ministry of Womyn’s Affairs to save himself and nor could ACT so Banks fits in well with ACT.

ACT’s reference point has always been the rate of taxation. If tax rates were 5% then ACT’s “concern” for the underclass would go heave. But as tax rates are 33% then welfare is a very very important issue.

“to act as a counterweight against all the other parties' tendency to treat the citizenry as recalcitrant children “

Go check ACT’s principals which make them neo-con central planners. Not a right wing party to genuinely shrink government’s central planning foot print which causes most of NZ’s problems.

Simon said...

“He has been the best champion the kiwi taxpayer has had in the last 10 years bar none”

Such crap. The biggest check against government spending has been the banks. The banks tell government what to do. The minister of finance meets with each of banks once a week to give a report on how he is doing.

The banks have better access and influence to this and the Clark governments than everyone else put together.

gravedodger said...

If the masses consider MMP to be the preferred system of electing our legislature and if current polling is to be believed, that is the state of play, to lead a government, a party needs to lock in the center.
Clark did that for her first two terms then manipulated a third. National barely broke that down to send her to New York by preventing a fourth.
To successfully maintain the dominant position in the center National needs "someone to vacuum up the unhappy Right votes" and it is a bit disingenuous to suggest they would not be at least "ALLIES", when ACT is the only option at present.

Anonymous said...

"have turned out to be fruitcakes of one kind or another"

Such a worthwhile opinion . . coming from someone who votes for the Greens.

Blair said...

Fuck Rodney Hide. He is the only man I have ever met who has so many books on his home library shelf which he has never read. He is a fraud. He is a con. He has destroyed the ACT Party and wasted all our time. Fuck him. James, you need to get real. Your hero is a fuckwit. He has conned you. Stop defending the indefensible. He is gone and over, and thank God for that.

Anonymous said...

Blair, bless you, bless you.