The utter disconnect of the ACT party

David Seymour

Read the following email exchange between a (former) ACT party supporter and David Seymour and then let us know in the comments what you think:

From: [REDACTED]
Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 9:15 AM
To: Office of David Seymour MP
Subject: Disgraceful – did you just gloss over the threat?

Hi David

I write to you because I am heart broken that my vote cannot find a home with Act

I am a long time National supporter, who is dismayed by McCully and Un2334, really outraged by RMA maori clauses and the Report from the firearms committee was the final straw.

My vote won’t go to National.  

Why haven’t you supported and indeed expanded the points made by Winnie on Islamic terrorism??

I can’t believe you condemned him for making those comments!

You need to actually start appealing to your core constituents – remember you need 120,000 odd votes – so the section of NZ that uses firearms (230,000 odd) and the people concerned about the Muslim threat make for easy pickings I would have thought.

Think and appeal to your section of voters – NOT EVERYBODY

Get controversial, get in the media get that silent conserve/libertarian support, get ACT in parliament!

You are failing horribly right at this moment at appealing to your constituents

I am waiting to see how you turn this around

Cheers

MXXXX

021 XXX XXX

David Seymour responded:

From: David Seymour
Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 12:59 PM
To: [REDACTED]
Subject: RE: Disgraceful – did you just gloss over the threat?

MXXXX,

There are 46,000 Muslims in NZ, 1 per cent of the population. The best way to make sure the few radicals amongst them do some thing stupid is to have an idiot like Winston persecuting the whole community for political gain. Any clown can get up and blame a whole religion for something that is rather complex, ACT has always been a thinking person’s party.

David

Our correspondent replied:

From: [REDACTED]
Sent: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 01:24 PM
To: David Seymour
Subject: RE: Disgraceful – did you just gloss over the threat?

Dear David

Thank you for your reply

I am pleased that you took the time to reply

I appreciate the fact that ACT is a thinking person’s party and as such needs to think and understand the basic tenants of Islam.  Do you truly think that Muslims will integrate into a NZ Christian based society?  I am sure you think about the 40 (possibly more) Muslims considered an Islamic threat.

Are you really thinking through the evidence when you say the threat is only a few radicals?

To return to your email , please could ACT think about why they are careful about protecting a dangerous minority rather than thinking about the protection of the majority of New Zealanders.

Cheers

MXXXX

Telling, don’t you think?

The final note was made to us at WOBH:

I enclose an email exchange with David Seymour and it makes me think that ACT is unwilling to face facts.

Unfortunately ACT has lost my vote to Winnie.

Cheers

MXXXX

I imagine there are plenty of others who feel the same way.

 

-Name withheld by request


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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