From barely 1% to 6.8% in the latest UMR internal poll, one of the big stories of this election is the explosion of support for ACT, an explosion the Daily Blog warned about 2 years ago during the Free Speech fiasco.
I have been ceaseless in my argument that the Left should NEVER have lost the free speech high ground to the Right, that we should have debated crypto-fascists rather than deplatform them and that the Left should always remember free speech restrictions are always used by right wing Governments to silence the very minority voices the Woke claim they are protecting!
We saw this irony a month after the crypto-fascists were banned from using the Power Station via bomb threats when National called to stop Chelsea Manning from speaking.
Unfortunately the woke be triggered by micro aggressions and if they hear something they don’t like, the deplatforming cancel culture social media lynch mobs take over.
Seymour understood how that level of micro aggression policing censorship being pushed by the woke alienated and angered people. It was a clear demarkation of political value and when the woke at a Wellington University banned a Gender Critical Feminist conference that was critical of Trans issues, David ended up providing the space in Parliament for the Feminist conference to occur.
Throughout all this, TDB warned that the woke we igniting a fuse for ACT that could trigger a dormant electoral fault line.
Off the back of the free speech fiasco, ACT gained momentum, and once that momentum was fuelled by a collapse inside National, ACT have had a tear away event in support.
The good news is that ACT’s support is uncritical, the boost by Gun Fetishists and anti 1080 acolytes alongside ACTs noxious free market fantasises makes for a toxic gumbo that will scare the bejesus out of the centre.
All Jacinda will need to do to win 2023 is point to National and ACT and say, ‘Dear NZ, do you really want a National-ACT Government’?
Now, if we could just stop handing ACT ammunition.
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