Sad Joke- “Vote Banks – Get Both Dopes!”

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.

16 thoughts on “Sad Joke- “Vote Banks – Get Both Dopes!”

  1. “He should go back to the Libertarians and stop trying to piggy back off the relative popularity of ACT”
    That would require integrity.

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  2. ACT is too damaged now.

    How could someone get up and makes comments about legalisation of dope when their core constituents are affluent voters with families, voters who want their offspring to succeed and not become doped out bludgers? It beggars belief. We just have to accept that National will be working with the racist Moari Party AND the communist Greens after the next election. That fills me with hope….not.

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  3. Sad, you’re right. Take the case of National. People sacrificed a lot of time , effort, money, resources, willingly, (benefit of hindsight, rather foolishly), to get that lot (National) into power. It would have hurt to see the likes of Double Dipton, the double dipping and already well paid Minister Bill English going to so much trouble to set up a really well paying family home. Courtesy of the maligned and much skimmed taxpayer.
    Don Brash ought to know that the average kiwi has little interest in reefers. And are already too busy raising families, running businesses, trying to stay afloat, etc., to tune in, turn on or drop out. It is all too disappointing.

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  4. Well, that’s cost Act my party vote, and I suspect I’m not alone in this, although I’ll still vote for John Banks. The question is, where does my party vote go now? The Conservative Party maybe? I’m reluctant to support National after their disappointing run.

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  5. “reluctant”? reluctant??
    I’d sooner wash my dick with an angle grinder and sulphuric acid than cast a vote for Key and his fellow slimetards ever again.

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  6. I wish Dr Hash would get his house on order …
    Sadly, dancing with the devil (or is that “the Dragon”) has lost him any credibility. If he gets rid of the libertarians in his ranks, drops this stupid pro-drug stance, then maybe 2014 is a possibility … 2011 is done and dusted.

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  7. I think I must be the opposite KG. My PA once told my wife how even-tempered I was; never got ruffled; never got angry… I was afriad my wife was going to die laughing.

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  8. Parkers’ not holding back on the “progressive” agenda, abortion and queers………go for it matey.
    Labour are a disaster.

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  9. Bank’s noises are mostly that. Noise, always was, always has been and always will be.
    Little man syndrome with an ego to match. 400,000 kiwi’s use dope on an average year, 400,000 that more than likely use it regular. Many are among you and you have no idea.
    $100 million a year wasted on on beating up people for something they are never going to stop ever unless it stopped in their workplaces.
    For people who don’t like paying taxes you sure don’t Act like it and display little imagination on how to deal with the issue.

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  10. Robert, it’s not so much a discussion on the pros and cons of banning weed, rather disgust at the display of an utterly fucked set of priorities.

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  11. Robert it is time you did some research into the effect of cannabis on the young brain. I’m sure we spend far more on mental health because of it than we do on policing its use.

    If you want to use it, that is your choice, but I should not have to pick up the tab. BTW the same should apply to alcohol, smoking, and obesity.

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  12. I find it interesting that a lot of people in favour of decriminalising weed use the occasional recreational puff by adults as some kind of mythical model. They conveniently ignore the large numbers of young people who smoke it almost constantly–and it’s a damn sight stronger now than it was around twenty years ago.
    A heavy dope smoker is an unemployable zombie drag on the welfare system and a danger to other people. Such people aren’t exactly rare, either. How in hell is making it cheaper to obtain going to fix that problem?

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  13. Like all of this “liberal” bullshit, it has a certain appeal to the chattering classes who don’t think that any of the negative side effects will ever affect them personally.

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