With National competently straddling the middle ground – some would say even the left – most pundits suspect there is a resurgence for ACT on the cards for 2017. This does need ACT to present as capable, credible and reliable, and it’s hard to be too critical of Seymour’s performance so far.
I’m aware a fair few Whaleoil readers are natural ACT supporters who have supported National during the last election for two solid reasons: it was the only way to be sure that Kim Dotcom and his corrupt mob wouldn’t get into parliament – or worse – government, and it also reflected that David Seymour was a fresh new face and we simply didn’t know where Epsom was going to go.
All things being equal, we can take Seymour’s return to parliament in 2017 as read. So, for the first time in quite a number of elections, people to the right of National have a place to go. National will be returned, but with some pull towards the right.
Towards the end of the month ACT will have their conference. With more than the usual share of decent speakers lined up, it should be a good day.
The country’s leading victims’ advocate. As a volunteer she has assisted victims of some of the highest profile cases in recent times with navigating the justice system. ACT has always advocated putting victims’ rights first and Ruth is at the forefront of not only talking about how victims can be better supported (which she’ll do at the conference) but actively supporting them on her own time.
Dame Lesley Max
Co-founder and CEO of the Great Potentials Foundation and creator of the HIPPY and MATES programs. Since its foundation, ACT has advocated strong community organisations solving social problems where the Government doesn’t always get it right. We are honoured to host one of New Zealand’s leading social entrepreneurs at our conference. Read more »