And I mean that. Its sad to see such a brave attempt at changing the political scene in NZ (the ACT party) come to such an end. The Herald reports that Labour’s David Parker made good ground with Brash’s clumsy declaration-
Labour’s Epsom candidate David Parker put up a sign across his billboards in the electorate: “Vote Banks – Get Both Dopes!”
“This is a circus,” Mr Parker said.
“Mr Banks is anti-abortion, anti-gay and now he’s tied up with someone who is pro-decriminalisation of marijuana.”
Mr Banks, who was not told of the marijuana announcement beforehand, said a softer stance on cannabis would not be party policy.
When asked if he alone made those decisions, he said: “No, but I’m telling you, the decriminalisation of marijuana is not going to happen.
“I’m in no awkward position. I’ve had people [in Epsom] asking me [about Dr Brash’s speech]. It’s his personal view, not a party view. It’s not [party] policy, and it won’t be.
“We need a public conversation around all of this. What we don’t need – and I respect other people’s view, including the leader of the Act Party – is to send out a message that we’re going to go soft on marijuana.”
Dr Brash is in lonely political territory; both National and Labour oppose decriminalisation of cannabis.
He said he would like the party to adopt his stance as its policy, but did not expect that to happen given that the board had set up a law and order sub-committee, chaired by Mr Banks.
Fancy allowing that creep Parker to gain such a tactical advantage. This should be grounds for firing Lindsay Perigo from the party. He has never had a good idea about political strategy in his life. He should go back to the Libertarians and stop trying to piggy back off the relative popularity of ACT, and trying to use it as a vehicle to liberalise social attitudes to homosexuality and drug use. That’s the Libertarian’s policy. (and that’s why they can’t get a vote either)
Brash should be fired too for his incompetence, but that can’t happen this close to an election. The Party is just a desperate and calamitous basket case. I’m sad for ACT.