What To Do With ACT?


With ACT offering little but Epsom, really a National seat, and little if anything in terms of additional List MPs from their Party Vote I would think it time for National to reassert its ownership and stop lending the membership and voters of Epsom to ACT and see where the cards fall 2014. The big Q. for National is, do they want to keep ACT around long term as a possible future ally (ie Epsom on intravenous life support) or look elsewhere. It’s time to turn off the machine. Who are ACT voters going to vote for other than National anyway? Allow the Nat. pigeons to fly home and reconsolidate the home roost.

ACT’s main problem, like UF, is its brand is not distinct enough to justify a party, unlike Greens or Maori.  “More National than National” is not strong enough to justify a party vote.  ACT have only survived, like NZF, as a reaction party in the first six MMP elections.  Now that things have settled a bit, small parties have to justify their raison detre more to the public, by actually representing something they can vote for, not just strategic coalition schinanigans.

Above: the ACT leaders:

NZFirst has been much more successful than ACT (50 seats to 34 over the same elections) partly because it has had stabilised leadership (1 vs 5 leaders) and NZF’s appeal to a percentage of the Maori vote (winning all Maori seats in  1996).  But it also indicates that NZF’s reactionary anti-immigration and disaffected National niche has more legs than ACTs rather bland market-economy politics.

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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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One Response to What To Do With ACT?

  1. Duncan Brown says:

    Totally agree: ACT need to actually representing something other than “we think voters are stupid” tea-parties.

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