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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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Hit job on Charter schools countered by a few facts

John Gerritsen  has written an article that some might describe as yet another hit job on charter schools.

The country’s eight charter schools paid their owners or related entities more than $1 million for administration and management services last year….The schools’ financial statements for 2015 also showed most underspent their property funding from the government by $100,000 or more last year.

Oh, the horror they not only  lived within their budget they didn’t use it all. A proper socialist educational institution would spend every penny and  complain that they were underfunded.  I can see why John Erickson is so upset.  This is simply not how we do education in New Zealand.  These cheeky Charter schools are thinking outside the box. Instead of buying property they lease it. Instead of building swimming pools they use publicly available ones. Their cost cutting measures mean they can  allocate what they save elsewhere.

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