I would like to see ACT survive, prosper and take the lead in right of centre politics

Guest Post:

As a white-haired old boy, I can remember the ACT party commencing, Why it started, I can remember Preeble and Hyde striding across the hustings and dragging several very committed Members into the Chamber, where their reasoned voice was noted.

The sad realization is that Seymour only managed to lead the Party to 0.6% of the Party Vote and avoided losing his seat because the Epsom voters remained loyal.
As a conservative thinker who supports enterprise, self-reliance, family wealth accumulation through effort, patriotism in the old-fashioned honourable sense, charity to those unable to do for themselves but not for the unwilling nor the undisciplined, and supporting one fair and evenly applied law for all citizens. I would sit logically across the right of centre, where I believe ACT should be deployed.

In fact, ACT should be my natural party of choice, It cannot be today because ACT is trying to be left of National, its policies are fragmented, It singularly fails to deliver in essential and strategic policy areas where it should be a leader and dominant. Firstly ACT should reclaim its stage by adopting former leader Brash’s one law for all policy, and since the fickle Peters is wavering on his mandate, ACT should take the lead and adopt the citizen-wide public binding referendum on Maori Seats with policies to remove separatist apartheid legislation, regulation and reference from our statutes. Legislating to remove apartheid seats from local, regional councils and statutory boards such as health and education boards needs be included.

Denouncing the fallacious Indigenous claims by Maori to the United Nations. Polarizing yes, but principled, and worthy of the hard fight.
A solid review of the association with the United Nations and how New Zealand is coming more and more under the “Instruction” of the UN and its associated sub-agencies, needs full public scrutiny.

Restoring the RMA to a tool for progressive protection of the environment and limiting its misuse as a straight jacket for the socialist left town planning policies might be high on the list.
Making city and regional councillors personally and collectively liable for unbudgeted overruns, might be a step toward curbing many stupid excesses from left-leaning socialists hell-bent on undermining democracy, especially those that hit ratepayers whilst not themselves being liable ratepayers.

Opening the Ombudsman’s office to any and all private disclosure by a government servant or anyone subject to a non disclosure agreement, so that such nondisclosure agreements cannot be used as a gagging device to hide inappropriate activity, fraud or misuse of funds, within government departments or local bodies, Boards, NGOs and Trusts or even private corporations. Make disclosure to the Ombudsman a non-offence and provide an authentic legal whistleblowers outlet for genuine transparency.

ACT has a primary role in making New Zealand fit for its citizens to prosper in.
I would like to see ACT survive, to prosper and to take the lead in right of centre politics. Whether Mr Seymour can seize that form of leadership and stride forward in the manner of Preeble and Hyde, is something entirely up to Mr Seymour, he has had time to get his feet, now is the time to ACT.

This time around the Cross Benches are the very best place for the Party. ACT is no longer gagged by any agreement with National and as such has far greater freedom, not only to develop a meaningful policy that a Party voter (outside of Epsom) can honestly vote for but raise the whole basis of integrity that the Party stands for.

So far ACT has been singularly useless in getting its message across, My advice is to keep away from Twitter as it is for ego driven fools and offers poofter sound bites but no substance. Avoid Facebook other than as a link or redirection advice, that medium likewise has no depth and substance, and as it lacks effective management it is too easily compromised by idiot remarks that only serve as a distraction.

Yes you need to detail your policies and explain your rationale in a dedicated website, but also you need a daily blog presence, one that is managed with strict guidelines, so that an intelligent discourse is maintained with the voters, it leads to a transparency that invites confidence and provides meaning to the eventual Party Vote and it is a conduit to getting party financial support to proceed the agenda.

Let’s not forget Tax. ACT was based on a Tax agenda. That first flat tax plan was made simplistic to make it easy to vote on. Time has come to review the Tax Plan, seek something simple, but also effective and charitable. We need to reduce the size of troughs for non-productive employees who only shine seats and push paper and all but eliminate the trough for those that see handouts as a way of life. We need to incentivize useful production and useful advancement.

We need to invigorate our primary industries and invigorate new added value industries while curbing wasteful and parasitical activities. We need to incentivize water quality activities and long-term wealth development, so individual energy production, water storage and timber planting may need a specific review with favourable tax treatment as part of the toolbox.

ACT needs to be far more than merely a Charter Schools advocate, it needs to truly represent the direction of the productive sector across the nation.
Would the next leader of the new revised ACT party please step forward?
Is that you David Seymour, you have the front seat at the moment? Will you lead or be led? Your slim credential is you are successful in holding an elected seat, be worthy of all those who would wish to vote for ACT given that ACT would lead National to governance (in preference to a one-man geriatric opportunist, who may have already forgotten (or eschewed) his primary voting policy).

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