Face of the Day

Act leader David Seymour

It appears David Seymour’s incursion into Whaleoil a few days ago has piqued other media’s attention.

I’d called up Mr Seymour to ask about some comments on Whaleoil he’d waded into, in which he’d implied Cameron Slater was misleading readers to undermine ACT.

“They are suggesting that I somehow failed because I’m not trying to negotiate myself into a Government,” Mr Seymour said.

They aren’t, but I did.  I said that shutting the door on the possibility of adding another MP to a government similar to UnitedFuture, Maori Party and ACT under Key, is a possibility that ACT slammed the door on.

He says there was no way a National-led Government would boot out a minister to make way for him.

That’s never what I suggested.

“I wish the world worked that way,” he said, “but sadly that’s not it.”

Seymour had a position outside of cabinet.  As did Peter Dunne.  It’s not a matter of booting out a National MP to accommodate ACT.  That’s taking a position in this argument to appear right.  When the last two governments have clearly shown that National MPs were not sacrificed by accommodating other parties.

With National losing two MPs due to the final recount, the idea of ACT being part of a coalition government has become more important, not less.  Especially to National.

When asked whether his money is on a National-NZ First deal, Mr Seymour said: “If they are willing to offer him Prime Minister.”

Mr Seymour then made the very bold allegation that Mr Peters gets his hair blow waved every morning.

“I don’t know a lot about hair care, but I asked the stylists at TVNZ makeup ‘Is that blow-waved?” And they said, ‘Absolutely, that’s blow-waved.’ I trust them as an authority on hair care.

“This is easily the vainest man in NZ. He wants his picture on the wall. He wants to be immortalised as Prime Minister.”

Politics is about negotiation and compromise.   David Seymour is continuing on his path of insulting Winston Peters when there is nothing left to gain by doing so.

It may very well be that the tensions between Winston and David would preclude them being part of the same coalition government.  My point remains however, that those who voted ACT wanted ACT to be part of a National coalition government, and to slam the door shut on day one wasn’t good politics.

At a minimum ACT could have claimed for the next three years that they tried to be part of the government but were shut out.  That’s no longer available as a stance.  ACT clearly killed any possibility of being part of a coalition government, however remote or unrealistic.


– Anna Bracewell-Worrall, Newshub.  And Pete the political Chump, not Cam Slater to whom his opinion piece continues to be attributed.

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