Act Party

3 strikes for burglars…now we are talking

Another good policy initiative from the Act party.

They want to extend 3 strikes to thieving ratbags.

Audrey Young reports:

Burglars would be sent to prison for a minimum of three years without parole on the third burglary conviction under new policy announced today by Act leader Jamie Whyte.

It would be a separate regime to the current three strikes law which requires a judge to sentence a convicted offender of a third serious violent crime to the maximum sentence without parole.

Act was responsible for the original three strikes law.  Read more »

Another reason to support Act

Jamie Whyte is stamping his new leadership on the Act party, even if he was dreadfully under-prepared on The Nation this morning.

Last week he revitalised Act’s flat tax proposal and today he is calling of the dumping of the Resource Management Act, the single biggest impediment to progress in this country.

New Act leader Jamie Whyte will today announce that Act wants the entire 826-page Resource Management Act to be dumped, describing it as a law that interferes with people and their use of property.

The radical policy move goes a lot further than the party’s current policy of modifying it.

“There are far too many powers currently being given to various times of groups and bureaucrats around the country to interfere with people and the use of their property,” Dr Whyte told the Weekend Herald.

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Is Labour trying to kill the Greens?

I’ve been doing a fair bit of thinking about Labour’s strategy.

I am pretty sure that Labour is trying to do a poor emulation of what National did between 2002 and 2005.

They are a little premature in that they haven’t yet had their loss like 2002 but they are heading in the at direction is sources telling me about Labour’s internal polling are correct.

National spent most of the gap between 2002 and 2005 trying to kill of Act. It was difficult as they were very active at this time.

Don Brash ascended the leadership and issued the now infamous Orewa speech, it was at that moment that the beginning of the end of the Act party started.

What has happened since though has caused National to have very few support partners, but at the same time hoover pretty much all of the centre right support.

Could Labour now being doing the same thing…they appear to be doing so with their lurch to the left.

The appointment of Matt McCarten cements this and his knowledge of left-wing politics should enable them to smack up…hard…the Green party.

We know that many in labour see green votes as rightfully theirs, and they think they also own the ‘pooftah’ vote and the union vote. But those interest groups are shrinking.   Read more »

Does Jamie Whyte play banjo?

Jamie Whyte has had his Colin Craig moment and suggested that the state has no business in regulating the sex lives of adults even if they are relatives.

Perhaps he has sought cross party support from the two senior MPs in the House who are currently f*cking their cousins.

The Herald reports:

New Act Leader Jamie Whyte is standing by his comments that incestuous relationships between consenting adults should not be illegal and says it would be “intellectually corrupt” of him not to be honest when asked such questions.

In an article published on The Ruminator website, former philosophy lecturer Dr Whyte was asked whether the state should intervene if adult siblings wanted to marry each other.

“Well personally, I don’t think they [the State] should”, he replied, adding it was “a matter of almost no significance because it just doesn’t happen”.

Dr Whyte told the Herald his response was based on his belief that: “I don’t think the state should intervene in consensual adult sex or marriage, but there are two very important elements here – consensual and adult”.   Read more »

Suddenly the Act party is interesting again

Richard Prebble has made a big splash.

He announced that Act is looking at bringing back their flat tax proposal…suddenly Act looks interesting again. Audrey Young reports at the Herald:

Former Act leader Richard Prebble says the party will have to raise well over $1 million to fight the 2014 election campaign that he has been appointed to direct.

There was never enough money, he said yesterday, but he expected the war chest would begin filling.

“Act has got a solid cadre, if I can use that word, of donors and supporters, most of whom have kept in touch with the party and many have continued to give, though in the last year or two or three, less than they have in the past,” he said.

Mr Prebble was appointed campaign manager by the Act board on Saturday after presenting it with a review of the state of the party and an election plan.

The board had adopted an ambitious strategy, he said.

“They don’t just want to be an adjunct of the Government. Act wants to be the third force in politics.”   Read more »

Tell him ‘e’s dreamin’

Russel Norman thinks he should share a stage with David Cunliffe so they can try and tag team John Key.

Claire Trevett reports:

The Green Party has lobbied the television networks to take part in prime-time televised leaders’ debates during the election campaign alongside Labour’s David Cunliffe and Prime Minister John Key rather than being lumped in with the minor parties.

Andrew Campbell, the Green’s communications director, confirmed it had put in a formal request to both networks to debate National and Labour rather than the smaller parties because it was in a much stronger position in the polls. “It seems ridiculous to put a party with a genuine strong support base, a significant portion of the electorate, in the same debate as people who can’t even win their own seat without the help of another party. Why would we debate a person who can’t even win it’s own seat without help?”

Dreamin’…Andrew Campbell is a muppet. Fancy trying to sledge out the Act party or United Future by whinging about seats. The Greens can’t even win an electorate seat, the last one being Coromandel with Jeanette Fitzsimons. They are a list party answerable to no one.  Read more »

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.  Read more »

Green solar scam is a “dishonest subsidy”

The Green party launched their now thoroughly discredited solar power plan on the weekend.

It involved ‘loans’ in order to buy and retro-fit your house with solar power. It is a bizarre policy that will directly undermine their support for the joint Green/Labour power policy, but that isn;t the worst aspect of the whole scam scheme.

Jamie Whyte, the new Act leader, explains.

“The Greens’ Energy Policy announced today shows how dangerous they are to the New Zealand economy,” says ACT Party Leader-Elect Jamie Whyte.

“Cheap loans for solar panels are actually a dishonest subsidy.  The subsidy is hidden in the terms of the loan.  More honest would be to simply subsidise the panels, but in that harsh light people would see the policy for what it is – an election bribe ultimately funded by the taxpayer.

“Policies of subsidising biofuels have failed around the world – economically and  environmentally. There is no reason to think that subsidising solar panels will be any more successful.  Read more »

I’d say Act is rooted now

In a strange decision Act has pretty much decided its own fate today with the election of Jamie Whyte as leader and the interminably boring, yet very clever, David Seymour as it’s Epsom candidate at this years election.

The Herald reports:

Writer and philosopher Jamie Whyte is Act’s new leader and David Seymour will be the party’s candidate in Epsom at the election later this year.

The decision was made by the Act board today and is due to be officially announced at 3 pm.

Dr Whyte is expected to take over in about a month at the party’s AGM.

Dr Whyte, aged 48, has recently returned to live in New Zealand from abroad and has only recently become active in the party.

Mr Seymour, aged 30, first stood for Act in 2005 in Mt Albert against former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Last election he stood in Auckland Central.  Read more »

Guest Post: John Boscawen

This is a guest post from John Boscawen, and also his speech form last night.

Last night I organised a meeting for the three contestants for the ACT leadership. While the media reported 100, it was actually attended by 140 – we counted them. It was the biggest ACT-related public meeting since the 2011 campaign launch.

We have received very positive media coverage. It was covered by all major media.

I wanted the meeting to present the ACT Party and its candidates in the best possible light – we succeeded.

More importantly, it was the first and only opportunity for ACT members to hear from and question the candidates before the Board commences its deliberations at 9.30am on Saturday

As a public meeting, it also enabled me to invite many tens of donors to the Party that I have built relationships with over many years and who are not formal members – they appreciated it.   Read more »