As far as the bias of the mainstream media goes, I’ve always reluctantly had to give John Armstrong credit for at least trying to be objective. Same goes for Fran O’Sullivan. I think that in spite of general disdain for media and journalists in particular, these two have managed to retain a reasonable degree of integrity.
Even if you disagree with their POV, you can usually get something from what they write, as opposed to so many others who are so narrow and so left wing they only generate instant contempt and its seldom one can even get to the end of their articles they are so partisan.
I was put off by Armstrong’s opening paragraph in the Herald today wherein he suggests that ACT should automatically attract the support of Conservatives. John is described as “the Herald’s chief political commentator”. As such, it baffles me as to why he would apparently bracket Conservatives with ACT.
For the several hundred thousand voters of conservative mind, Rodney Hide has a message. If they think they can afford to watch Act go down the gurgler, they should think again.
ACT has some good economic policies, but unless I’m missing something here, I don’t know why Conservatives should support a party that has consistently presented as liberal, mostly in the modern sense of the word, meaning on social issues they lean left. I have always seen ACT as being more opposed to Conservatism than for.
The real Conservative Party is meant to be the National Party. They have betrayed everything they are meant to stand for in recent times it is true, (see founding principles in side bar) but I still think that Conservatives are better served attempting to put National back on track than messing with the crazy social liberal faction that infests ACT.
However the real point is John Armstrong, as “the Herald’s chief political commentator” needs to bone up on the true meaning of Conservative, and think about how any person of that political bent could ‘automatically’ support a party as socially liberal as ACT. A Conservative might actually feel his vote is best placed with ACT, but I doubt the base reason for that action would be that the party is conservative. Link to article.
Update- Fran O’Sullivan, in her column suggesting Rodney is past his use by date, has an intriguing comment too-
It’s obvious from their own polling and feedback that many Epsom voters do not want to give their “strategic” vote to Act’s candidate if that means that they have to suffer another three years of rightwing antics.
“right wing antics”… ?? What the hell does that mean??