David Seymour

Guest Post- “I might vote ACT but I can’t risk a wasted vote.”

Guest Post: Act Party Leader David Seymour.

“I might vote ACT but I can’t risk a wasted vote.” If I had a dollar for every time someone has written that on WhaleOil then I wouldn’t need to fundraise for ACT ever again. Of course, your vote is your own and of course you can cast it however you want for any reason you like – anything else would not be democracy. If you don’t want to vote for ACT because you don’t agree with ACT, that’s ok.

This is a post for people who are interested in giving their party vote for ACT but worry that doing so could hand a majority to the Labour/Green/NZ First schmozzle. That’s a fear I can appreciate, but won’t be a concern in 2017 for reasons I’ll put to you below.Wasted vote syndrome is a particular challenge for ACT because our potential voters tend to think a lot. Sometimes I wish we had the 95,000-odd Conservative voters who really did merrily waste their vote last election or the stunned New Zealand First voters who took to talkback furious to discover they hadn’t just elected Winston after the election before. On balance, I’d still rather be leading ACT.So: will a vote for ACT be wasted?

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Is David Seymour a friend of Israel?

After the National Party shafted Israel at the UN a number of us here on Whaleoil expressed our disgust. Some of us asked what other political parties we could give one or both of our votes to in order to show both our support for Israel and our condemnation of what the National Party has done. I decided to contact the leaders of Act, New Zealand First and the Maori Party as well as the Labour Party. I didn’t bother with the Green Party as their anti-Israel stance was made abundantly clear earlier this year. The Conservative Party currently lacks a leader so I had no one to contact.


The first leader to respond to my request for comment was Labour leader, Andrew Little. The second leader to respond was Act Leader, David Seymour whose response was delayed by poor internet coverage. I am very impressed considering that most politicians are on holiday and unavailable to media yet both leaders took the time out to reply.Until yesterday the New Zealand mainstream media hadn’t even bothered to cover the story.Whaleoil is the only media outlet so far to ask the leaders if they and their parties are friends of Israel.

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David Seymour calls Labours bill against Charter Schools “Ground Hog day”

Last week the Labour Party brought yet another bill to the House to try to undermine New Zealand Charter schools (Partnership Schools .) Act Party leader David Seymour called the bill ” Ground Hog day,” referring to a film of that name where a man finds himself caught in a time loop and forced to relive the same day over and over again. Poor David had to defend Partnership schools from yet another attack bill from the Labour Party who appear to be forced to do the biddings of their Union masters over and over and over again. As with previous attempts, Labour’s attack was neutralised. Act, National, United Future and the Maori Party voted against it and it was defeated 63-57.

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ACT and NZ First condemn Islamic hate-preacher

ACT and NZ First have joined the chorus of people condemning the Islamic hate-speech preacher busted by this blog on Saturday.

The story has gone to every media outlet now, save one….the NZ Herald.

The politicians are lining up, now just Peter Dunne, the Greens and Labour remain on the fence.

ACT and NZ First have joined the government in condemning anti-Semitic speeches and online posts by an Auckland Muslim cleric.

Ethnic Communities Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said on Monday he was disgusted by the views of Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

“There’s no place in New Zealand for such intolerance, and hate speech is prohibited under the Human Rights Act,” he said.

ACT leader David Seymour says New Zealand was built on a foundation of tolerance and respect.   Read more »

ACT: David’s Dilemma [UPDATED]

This morning, I ran a story suggesting ACT’s performance through David Seymour this year is noticeably less impressive than last year.


A number of Whaleoil commenters disagreed with me, and this appears to have spurred Mr Seymour on to send the following email:

From: David Seymour <[email protected]>
Date: 22 November 2016
Subject: Comedy
To: “[email protected]” <[email protected]>

Based on the comments and their popularity it looks like your readers agree that you are getting old or need a humour transplant. If you were following closely you’d see that my last two parliamentary questions led to news stories, how many MPs are you aware of who achieve that? What about this speech in defense of PSKH http://www.inthehouse.co.nz/video/46076 ? And so it goes on.

Kind regards

David Seymour
MP for Epsom, Leader ACT New Zealand

David clearly wanted me to react, so for a while I decided to not give him the pleasure.   But after a while I realised there was an object lesson going begging.

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Would someone please tell the kiddies in Seymour’s office to put down the crayons

With each passing day, David Seymour is becoming more and more a laughing stock with his ludicrous suggestions and flippant utterings.

His latest stunt to propose we create the United States of New Zealand.

Local government needs to be given freedom from central government interference, combined with clearer accountability to voters, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of the New Zealand Initiative’s latest report on localism.

The report summarises its idea as “setting clear roles for each tier of government, with limits on the ability of either party to act beyond these limits”.

“Central government meddling in local affairs has resulted in central and local authorities blaming each other for every second problem. This buck-passing has left voters unable to effectively hold either authority to account,” says Mr Seymour.

“If a local council wants to make its own rules around a local issue, the government needs to drop its own meddling in that subject. This way, if things go wrong, it’s clear who voters should hold to account.   Read more »

National should give euthanasia to ACT to champion, but they are actually dead set against it

National’s Catholic mafia are meddling in the euthanasia debate:

Cabinet Ministers putting their own views on euthanasia ahead of what the majority of Kiwis want is “undemocratic”, says ACT leader David Seymour.

While euthanasia picks up momentum internationally, New Zealand is still pondering how to deal with the divisive issue that John Key says has “no chance” of being introduced by the Government.

This week, Colorado in the United States became the sixth state to pass a law offering terminally ill patients a way to access life-ending, doctor-prescribed sleep medication so they can die peacefully.

Seymour, who has a member’s bill in the ballot to legalise assisted dying, said it’s “enormously disappointing” some Cabinet Ministers are “exercising a personal vote on something that two-thirds to three-quarters of New Zealanders want to happen”.   Read more »

NZ Politicians react to Trump’s win

Prime Minister John Key:

Key has congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US election.

“The American people have spoken and I congratulate Mr Trump on his victory after a long campaign.

“I will be writing to Mr Trump to offer my personal congratulations shortly.

“Our two countries share a strong relationship and I look forward to that continuing. Over the coming months we will be looking to build close ties with the incoming Trump Administration.”

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to the outgoing Administration led by President Barack Obama.

“I have had a close and constructive relationship with President Obama and I wish him all the best for his future,” he said.

Labour leader Andrew Little:

“The relationship with USA goes beyond any individual in the office. We certainly welcome a constructive relationship with the new president. It’s too early to tell exactly what impact this will mean for New Zealand.

“The polls obviously were saying something else so it’s important we understand what it means in terms of the sense of disenfranchisement and dissatisfaction there is in the American electorate.”

Remarkably good response from Angry Andy.   Unlike James Shaw:   Read more »

Hipkins anti-charter bill voted down at first reading

David Seymour asks when Labour will give up attacking charter schools:

Will Labour finally abandon their campaign against partnership schools?

Labour needs give up on its campaign against partnership schools, says ACT Leader David Seymour, after Chris Hipkins’ bill to abolish the schools was voted down at first reading.

“With the definitive failure of this bill, Labour can finally abandon their union-driven campaign to close down these ground breaking, community-driven schools.

“Forcing partnership school students back to the system that’s let them down won’t be well-received in the communities where partnership schools are established and respected.  Hipkins need only ask his fellow Labour MPs who have visited these schools in their electorates.   Read more »

ACT want to get rid of ‘pretend’ ministries

Following from Rodney Hide’s column on ministries that serve no practical purpose:

Mr Seymour says he is “a little bit repentant” about having stated these ministerial roles serve no purpose, given former ACT leader Rodney Hide has subsequently noted in his NBR column that “they do play an important role – they provide somebody for the government to send to various events for photo opportunities…”

That aside, though, he insists they’re not roles that are “useful to the New Zealand people.”

Take the Minister for Women, for example, a role Mr Seymour singled out in ACT’s newsletter on September 19 (he rejects the idea as “cynical” that he was trolling in floating the idea on Suffrage Day).

He notes that “men are behind in almost all education statistics, most health statistics, men commit most of the crime but they’re also more likely to be a victim of a crime… Read more »