ACT too big for its boots

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

The ACT party seems to be awefully mouthy this time of year given that its parliamentary numbers were reduced from 9 to 2 a few nights ago. Former leader Richard Prebble has said today that Brash should quit before he gets pushed.

What really annoying is that Richard Prebble, and all of the commentators have forgotten that there are over 200,000 special votes to count and the result isn’t final until then. National could quite possibly pick up an additional seat; the Greens could be gone from Parliament entirely; or Winston could be his usual self and do a flip flop on his election promise.

It seems Rodney Hide is at least smart enough to distance himself from Prebbles comments, but curiously has decided to criticize National election strategy instead:

Although Mr Hide, who returned to Wellington yesterday with Act’s second MP,
Heather Roy, would not endorse Mr Prebble’s comments, he criticised National’s
campaign strategy. “The National Party’s strategy of saying they could win 51
per cent and govern on their own was absolutely wrong-headed.”

While I can understand why ACT, and its leader, would make such a statement, we must be mindful of the fact that ACT only ever takes votes of National. If there were no ACT in future elections, National would be much better off.

And there is absolutely nothing wrong with aiming to be the biggest party in Parliament and trying to maximise the party vote. It’s called winning an election and if ACT had have thought of that 12 months ago, they wouldn’t be sitting on 1.5% right now, and wouldn’t have needed Epsom.

But no matter what they all say, it’s not over until the special votes sing.


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