Silly stuff from ACT Board Member

It seems that ACT is a party of individuals so brilliant at politics that they don’t need to work together. However one thing I have noticed both before and after Don Brash took over is the prevalence of people on the ACT board who also want to be members of parliament and stand on the list.

This is un-heard of in National. Basically it is considered unconscionable that a board member would even stand for selection and it is likely that it would count against them. Grant McCallum found this out when he stood down from the board to put his hat in the ring for Northland. He quickly discovered that the members don’t like it, even though he rightly stepped aside from his board responsibilities. It just smells a bit whiffy.

Not so in ACT though. Not only do board members seek to stand for the party, they are even actively lobbying people on their list rankings. It ia beyond the pale that the president is seeking a nomination and still remaining the president. Let alone the fact he remains as president despite a personal loathing for Don Brash. THe man clearly knows no shame. There are other board member who ahve put their names in the the hat but perhaps the one with even less shame that the president is Peter McCaffrey.

He is actively lobbying and asking people to rank him at one or two, above the leader and ACT’s likely electorate saviour John Banks. Silly, silly, little boy. Naturally he got outed last night on Facebook.

It is silly amateur stuff like this that make ACT a laughing stock. The silliest thing of all is if ACT could exhibit some discipline, start behaving in a sensible, reasoned manner then they could actually do well at this election. There is plenty of soft National vote to pass onto ACT. But when they do lame stuff like this it just makes people wonder if they have any political nous at all.

  • http:/actoncampus.org.nz David, from Auckland.

    Is this really a big deal? Not much different from during a campaign a person saying “vote for me”.

  • peteremcc

    ACT isn’t National, we have a smaller pool of volunteers and some people hold multiple roles. Our constitution has clear guidelines for how to manage any conflict of interest and we are all following them very closely.

    On the actual issue itself…

    Whaleoil is usually so much more thorough with his research. I didn’t recommend anyone vote for anyone. The ACT on Campus Executive and Regional Presidents discussed and came to a decision on some advice to provide to ACT on Campus members. I just happened to be the one who posted it on Facebook.

  • peteremcc

    Whaleoil is usually so much more thorough with his research. I didn’t recommend anyone vote for anyone. The ACT on Campus Executive and Regional Presidents discussed and came to a decision on some advice to provide to ACT on Campus members. I just happened to be the one who posted it on Facebook.

    Also, ACT isn’t National, we have a smaller pool of volunteers and some people hold multiple roles. Our constitution has clear guidelines for how to manage any conflict of interest and we are all following them very closely.

    • http://whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz Whaleoil

      Rule Number One in Whaleoil’s Rule of Politics. Suggest you Google it. Suggest you read it and learn it.

  • ltchop

    ACT have been a joke from start to finish – I cannot fathom why National would want a bar of them – particularly as partners in government. Anyone who has tried to turn them into any political force has long since left , and taken their money with them. the only honorable thing to do now is to put them out of their misery……

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