Deborah Coddington, writing in the progressive newspaper the NZ Herald, claims that ACT was originally formed as a “Libertarian Party”.
“the fact is that Act was formed as a libertarian party”
I think this is quite incorrect. From Wikipedia-
ACT grew out of the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers, although the organizations remain legally separate. Sir Roger Douglas and Derek Quigley, both former cabinet ministers, founded the association in 1993. The organization was intended to be a lobby group, promoting the economic policies that Douglas and Quigley stood for (sometimes known as “Rogernomics”).
The driving force behind the original ACT was economic reform.
It was later infiltrated by culturally Marxist poseurs describing themselves as “classic liberals” who ruined it with their insane demagoguery.
Just as they have ruined the Libertarian Party, or though the similarly deranged Objectivists must share a large part of the blame there.
If any new liberty based political party is formed, it must keep the self professed “classic liberals” out, (and the Objectivists) or it will meet the same sad fate as ACT and the Libertarians.
These people are political poison. Their record proves it.
Deborah goes on to say that John Bank’s presence in ACT has destroyed it and
“It is thus fatally tainted and should wind up and allow a new, true libertarian party to arise.”
Funny- thought there already was a “true Libertarian party”…???
What’s that outfit that Cresswell and his loonies run?