Prebs is back

Richard Prebble is back in politics, as Act’s campaign manager.

This gives me some hope that they can get their shit together.

Former ACT leader Richard Prebble is returning to politics as the party’s Campaign Director for the 2014 election.

Acting party president Barbara Astill announced Richard Prebble’s appointment as Campaign Director after a board meeting yesterday.

“The appointment of Richard Prebble as Campaign Director means ACT goes into the election with the country’s best election strategist,” said Mrs Astill.

“Richard Prebble is a campaigning legend. He was the architect of ACT’s greatest campaigning victories, including taking ACT from a virtual zero in the polls in 1996 to winning Wellington Central and taking seven MPs into parliament. Under Richard ACT increased its vote in every election. As a Labour MP Richard won the biggest general seat majority in parliament not once but twice.

“Richard Prebble has presented the ACT Board with a campaign strategy to win not only the Epsom electorate but also nine MPs. The ACT Board has endorsed the Prebble campaign plan, which will be presented to the ACT Party Conference at the Villa Maria Estate, Mangere, this Saturday,” said Mrs Astill. 

“I have come out of political retirement because Parliament needs at least one party willing to ask the question, where is the money coming from for all these political promises?” said Richard Prebble.

“ACT needed fresh leadership and new ideas. I urged Dr. Jamie Whyte to stand for the leadership. Jamie will take ACT back to the original principles of the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers which made ACT the effective third force in politics.

“I have been reading Jamie Whyte’s articles in the Wall Street Journal for years. He has an extraordinary knowledge of the world economy that will make him a very valuable member of parliament that any party would love to have.

“I have known David Seymour since he was a top engineering student at Auckland University. As someone educated in Epsom, David will be a very good MP for the electorate.

“ACT now has both the policies and the people. It is my job as director to ensure the voters learn about Dr. Jamie Whyte and ACT’s positive, practical solutions. The support will follow.

“A vote for ACT ensures not only that John Key remains Prime Minister, but that a future National-ACT government remains on the course of good financial sense.”

  • Statehousekid

    Richard could make all the difference for Act. All we need is Rodney back on board and that will really get things moving.

  • Statehousekid

    Richard could make all the difference for Act. All we need is Rodney back on board and that will really get things moving.

    • blairmulholland

      I think that Rodney returning is the last thing that Richard needs right now. It was certainly the last thing he needed back in 2003.

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    Bugger, so I have to vote for the Act candidate again? I hope polls show that National will easily be able to govern alone. Act need time out to reestablish whether they really want to be a party with real policy or whether they just want to be relevant to support National and get their head in the trough again.

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    Bugger, so I have to vote for the Act candidate again? I hope polls show that National will easily be able to govern alone. Act need time out to reestablish whether they really want to be a party with real policy or whether they just want to be relevant to support National and get their head in the trough again.

    • ex-JAFA

      They certainly have been absolutely shit at broadcasting their position and policies. That’s something which I believe the new leader is going to address this year.

  • ex-JAFA

    They certainly have been absolutely shit at broadcasting their position and policies. That’s something which I believe the new leader is going to concentrate on correcting this year.

  • thor42

    “…win not only the Epsom electorate but also nine MPs.”

    Come on now, Prebs – be realistic.
    I’ll bet dollars to a knob of goat poo that ACT will have no more than two (and they’ll be lucky to get even that many).

    Don’t get me wrong – I would *love* to see ACT have nine MPs, but I’m realistic – unlike Prebs.

  • skyshore

    Prebs may certainly make a difference to ACT however I would prefer national to govern alone. Hey is the signing on with encryption common, or just for a troublesome few – like me obviously.

  • thor42

    “…win not only the Epsom electorate but also nine MPs.”

    Come on now, Prebs – be realistic.
    I’ll bet dollars to a knob of goat poo that ACT will have no more than two (and they’ll be lucky to get even that many).

    Don’t get me wrong – I would *love* to see ACT have nine MPs, but I’m realistic – unlike Prebs.

    • Don W

      Good to see Prebs back, would also like see 9 act MPs, we live in hope. also the greens have lost ground in the latest poll , that is good news

      • BJ

        So come Leaders Debate time when the Greens are in single digits there’ll be no chance of having to listen to him being a droll alongside Cunliffe

        • Muffin

          Greens are idiots

  • skyshore

    Prebs may certainly make a difference to ACT however I would prefer national to govern alone. Hey is the signing on with encryption common, or just for a troublesome few – like me obviously.

    • Dan

      That would be almost as bad as Labour and the Greens.

      • skyshore

        An act electorate seat would be most welcome

  • Don W

    Good to see Prebs back, would also like see 9 act MPs, we live in hope. also the greens have lost ground in the latest poll , that is good news

  • BJ

    So come Leaders Debate time when the Greens support % is in single digits there’ll be no chance of having to listen to him being a droll alongside Cunliffe

  • GregM

    Great news. Prebs has still got a bit of mongrel in him.

  • GregM

    Great news. Prebs has still got a bit of mongrel in him.

  • Muffin

    Greens are idiots

  • Cowgirl

    I actually think ACT can get it together – they’ve had a decent clear out and have got time to do a reinvention. I know the new leader has already fired the imagination of my mother – she is talking about giving her vote back to them!

  • Cowgirl

    I actually think ACT can get it together – they’ve had a decent clear out and have got time to do a reinvention. I know the new leader has already fired the imagination of my mother – she is talking about giving her vote back to them!

    • Don W

      I agree cowgirl.

  • Don W

    I agree cowgirl.

  • Dan

    That would be almost as bad as Labour and the Greens.

  • skyshore

    An act electorate seat would be most welcome

  • thor42

    For the campaign I think ACT would do well to have a laser-like focus on (say) three core policies.

    Hammer those policies again and again.

    Show (briefly and simply) *why* they will work.

    If they could show those on low incomes why they should support ACT, that would be even better.

  • thor42

    For the campaign I think ACT would do well to have a laser-like focus on (say) three core policies.

    Hammer those policies again and again.

    Show (briefly and simply) *why* they will work.

    If they could show those on low incomes why they should support ACT, that would be even better.

  • blairmulholland

    I think that Rodney returning is the last thing that Richard needs right now. It was certainly the last thing he needed back in 2003.

  • blairmulholland

    This is the best news I have heard regarding ACT in about ten years. Great to have Richard back. I am confident ACT will be in the next parliament with him in charge of the campaign!

  • blairmulholland

    This is the best news I have heard regarding ACT in about ten years. Great to have Richard back. I am confident ACT will be in the next parliament with him in charge of the campaign!

  • Fanny_Schmelar

    Remember the McPhail & Gadsby clip of the original Mad Dog Prebble. If someone can track it down it would be hilarious to see that again??

  • Fanny_Schmelar

    Remember the McPhail & Gadsby clip of the original Mad Dog Prebble. If someone can track it down it would be hilarious to see that again??

  • LesleyNZ

    Good news.

  • LesleyNZ

    Good news.

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Phew! Voted ACT last time, was worried they were a waste of time this time round.

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Phew! Voted ACT last time, was worried they were a waste of time this time round.

  • Clemgeopin

    I am glad the old clown is back. He will help ACT take votes off National and the Conservatives and will end up making Winston more powerful. Cool!

  • Clemgeopin

    I am glad the old clown is back. He will help ACT take votes off National and the Conservatives and will end up making Winston more powerful. His ambition of getting 9 (NINE!) votes is even better. I support that. Cool bananas!!

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