Act Party

Oh dear lord…Prebs please do something about this

I’m not sure the matrons of Wem-u-ewa ware going to be convinced about this this candidate.

Come on Act, Prebs, you guys are better than this.

The Huddle at 1740


I am on the Huddle again tonight with Rachel Smalley as host and Josie Pagani.

Our topics will be:

So we’re waiting to hear from Labour on what it really meant about Nigella Lawson being allowed to come here to film a Whittakers ad. I’m not sure what the big deal about this is. So she said she had taken drugs in the past. Not really sure where the problem is with her being allowed here. I mean if we banned every celebrity who’s indulged from being allowed here then we would have no acts on stage or any actors coming to make the big blockbusters. Not sure why Rajen Prasad woke up during a long weekend and thought he’d pick on Nigella. It’s a bit like waking up and kicking the easter bunny himself. It’s also pointing to a wider problem for Labour in being a cohesive unit and working on sensible issues to bring up in public and talk about. It’s also about getting your facts straight!    Read more »

Is money important in elections? New research suggests it is

In New Zealand, despite no evidence to support the contention that money has a massive influence in politics the Labour party passed the draconian and anti-democratic Electoral Finance Act.

The evidence in NZ is actually contrary to the opinion that money in politics can sway results. The Act party for instance spent a great deal more than any other party for a negligible return, same with Colin Craig. On the other hand the unions pour money into Labour’s coffers and get a good return on their investment.

In Fiji the news electoral laws forbid anyone or organisation other than natural persons from donating to political parties or candidates. This stops corporates and the unions donating.

Meanwhile the left wing continues to push for state funding of political parties, a system that rewards incumbency. They don;t want to have to bother with pesky things like members and sausage sizzles and cake stalls.

And of course there is Kim Dotcom who is making the mistake many wealthy business people make in entering politics, thinking that money can buy you votes.

In the United States however there is building evidence that big money, and by big I mean BIG, can and does make a difference in campaigning. Apparently 91% of the time the better resourced candidate wins.

There are few talking points more beloved by underdog political candidates (and their aides) than to declare that money doesn’t matter. (If it did, Steve Forbes would be the president!)

Well, they’re wrong — at least most of the time.

Take a look at the chart below, created last month by Jasper McChesney, a designer at United Republic, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tries to spread awareness about the influence of money in politics.   Read more »

Jamie…explaining is losing

Act seems to be caught in a needless loop of having to explain themselves after intemperate and unguarded comments about various issues.

Now Jamie Whyte is having to explain why what Alan Gibbs, the godfather of Act, said isn’t policy.

Jamie, my readers will tell you for free that explaining is losing.

ACT leader Jamie Whyte is distancing the party from comments made by high-profile supporter Alan Gibbs on the weekend.

Mr Gibbs, who has no formal role within ACT but is one of its largest donors, said on the weekend that schools, hospitals and roads should all be privatised.

He made the comments at the party’s annual conference on Saturday at Villa Maria, avoiding the use of taxpayer-funded roads by flying in via helicopter.  Read more »

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 »