Why ACT are so dangerous & why they will cost National the 2023 election


The ACT Party have gone from a 1% Party to an 8% Party.

Their sudden rise because of National’s implosion means much of their crazy far undergrad right wing policy is not being examined at all…

  • Cut and freeze the Minimum wage
  • Interest back on all student loans
  • No Kiwsaver subsidy
  • Cancel winter energy payment
  • Dump all climate crisis legislation
  • no more best start payments for families with new borns
  • cut welfare payments
  • no tax credits for research and development
  • cuts to working for families
  • $7b a year cut in public services
  • Abolish Maori seats
  • Abolish Human Rights Commission

…no one is voting ACT because of these crazy policies, I doubt most of the new ACT converts have any idea of these polices, ACT is now a Right Wing Values Party and right wingers who have been let down by National are flocking to Seymour.

It started – LIKE I FUCKING WARNED IT WOULD – when the bloody woke identity politics activists went on their deplatforming rampage and tried to strangle free speech off.

In the end, David invited a feminist conference onto Parliament grounds because Masey Uni in Wellington deplatformed it!

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The woke ended up making David a free speech hero FFS!

I warned the woke at the time that all they were doing was giving ACT the ammunition ACT would would use against us, and that picking a free speech fight with Seymour could awaken a dormant electoral fault line that will bite us in the arse.

Once ACT started registering 2MPs, it became a viable political vehicle for the Gun festishists and David’s ongoing performance has made him the defacto Leader of the Opposition.

As National have floundered, ACT have looked stronger and people’s gut political values have done the rest.

The problem is ACT are so fucking right wing that the idea of them + National being the answer to 2023’s issues could only be true if we have been invaded by UFOs and they are demanding all members of the Government must be immediately handed over as human sacrifices to our new Alien overlords. In that scenario, voting ACT + National in makes sense.

Outside that scenario, no.

Once left wing and centrist voters realise just how far right ACT really are, the fear of keeping them from Government will outweigh whatever sin Jacinda has committed.

ACT’s sudden and uncritical rise will hurt National and win Labour the 2023 election.

It’s easy to cry wolf when the wolf is a brain hungry zombie dog hunting for human flesh in a premature infants ward.


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  1. If voting ACT wins Labour the election in 2023 then I’m even more motivated to do it. Since I like a healthy democracy, I think a strong opposition that holds the ruling government to account is 100% essential.
    Rimmer is the man for that job, precisely because he is simultaneously outspoken and yet hilariously lame. Judith and the Greens are just horrendous in everything. If you’re a fellow Dwarfer, vote Rimmer:

    I ask the court one key question: Would the Space Core ever have allowed this man to be in a position of authority where he might endanger the entire crew? A man so petty and small minded, he would while away his evenings sewing name labels onto his ship issue condoms. An over-zealous, trumped up little squirt… an incompetent vending machine repairman with a Napoleon complex, who commanded as much respect and affection from his fellow crew members as Long John Silver’s parrot. Who would allow this man, this joke of a man, this man who could not outwit a used tea bag, to be in a position where he might endanger the entire crew? Who? Only a yoghurt. This man is not guilty of manslaughter, he is only guilty of being Arnold J. Rimmer. That is his crime; it is also his punishment. The defence rests.

  2. Martyn, you are one of the very few journalists who have correctly diagnosed David Seymour’s championing of free speech as the catalyst for his rise. Most journalists won’t go there because they don’t want to admit that the majority of NZers don’t want to be told what they can say or think. Unfortunately, deciding what is acceptable speech and thought is the raison d’etre of many journalists.
    Most prefer to ascribe his rise to challenging the gun laws because they can then portray him as a right-wing nutter but that issue is secondary in my opinion.
    A lot of people will hold their nose and vote for Seymour simply because they believe the right to not have a police officer come to your door to ask about your opinions is fundamental to a democracy.

  3. We’ve experimented with Rogernomics for 35 years.
    The result? It doesn’t work. The nirvana Mr. Douglas promised us never eventuated.
    What did we get instead?
    Well – a few are ridiculously wealthy now.
    But the global fad of neoliberal economic theory has resulted in a mind boggling gap between the 1%ers and the rest of us globally.
    And it’s accelerated environmental degradation to the point where we now face the 6th mass extinction.
    These are real, measurable phenomena. There is no argument.

    You literally have to be stark raving mad to think ACTs Rogernomics policies are going to help, when they created the very mess we’re in now!
    Stark. Raving. Mad.

  4. David Seymour has had the perfect storm fall his way and for it to keep falling in his favour.

    When Ardern was just an MP, she wasn’t a threat to anyone so for the most part, flew under the radar. Same applies with Seymour. That all changed for Ardern the moment she became a threat to National.

    At this time kiwi’s are focused on a long list of issues and distractions etc.

    Covid, Ardern and Collins just to name 3. Then you have the question marks over Peters and NZF. There is focus on the Green Party and the attempted rebirthing of the Maori Party. Then you have the distractions of the New Conservatives and the Billy TK and JLR farce. All of the above have afforded Seymour and his very dangerous and divisive policies a free pass. In any other election cycle, Seymour would have been hung out to dry. With all of the named distractions in play, Seymour will be gifted the free pass right through to election day. Then there will be, how the fuck did that happen?

  5. The legacy of Friedman, Hayek, Rand, The Chicago Boys, Pinochet, Thatcher, Reagan, Douglas, Prebble and Richardson, are hard wired into NZ ACT’s DNA.

    “Deplatforming” may have granted entry to a more populist status as goofy king of the Incels for Mr Seymour; but that does not need to be a permanent state of affairs. ACT needs to be taken on for its anti working class policies simple as that.

  6. Rimmer: “Spare parts! Spare parts! Spare parts!”
    Dr Drake : “how much is this kidney worth?”
    Nurse C. Rusher : ” here, I’ll do a search ..”

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