Kiwiblog has a piece from a reader: “I have recently performed some statistical analyses of results from the 2008 and 2011 elections, in order to test a theory about voter behaviour in 2011â.Â The analysis shows the Conservatives got their vote from National, all wasted. NZ First also took votes away from National. The reader says his analyses show âcontrary conclusions among the commentariat (eg that the low turnout hurt Labour)â;Â âit was National voters (more than Labour voters) who stayed homeâ.Â (source)
What happened to ACTâs vote? The Letter knows many ACT voters who think National is just pale blue Labour. Last election they stayed at home. In Jamie Whyte these ârealâ ACT supporters have someone they can vote for.
I didn’t “stay at home”. Â I stopped voting for ACT.
It isn’t because ACT, on paper, doesn’t represent the kind of policies I want to see. Â To the contrary. Â I very much believe in personal responsibility, minimal government and pragmatism in law and order.
All of these ideas, and more, are poorly represented by the National Party.
But it had become clear that ACT was disorganised, off-message, and suffering the results of people that weren’t talented enough, people who were infighting and people who made for very poor ambassadors for ACT policy. Â Read more »