ACT is an acronym for the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers. The Party was founded in 1993 by Roger Douglas and Derek Quigley and its sole objective was to promote free market policies. End of story.
Standing for election under this banner, ACT won eight seats in the 1996 election, with not a Libertarian in sight. The 2002 election saw the party win 9 seats.
In the lead up to the 2011 election, the new leader Don Brash advocated legalisation of marijuana, and it was ACT’s worst election result ever.
How did a successful little party decline so rapidly and reach such a state of confusion as to elect a useless blowhard like John Banks as leader and sole parliamentary representative?
You need to ask that question of those who are meeting today in Auckland.
News report- “Political minnows the Libertarianz will today discuss merging with disgruntled Act supporters and even a cannabis reform group to form a liberal political party under a new brand to contest the next general election.”
“Cannabis reform”. “Liberal” (a euphemism for homosexual political advocacy). “Ayn Rand”. Objectivism is the way the life and the truth. Blah blah blah.
The Free Market? Must be on the agenda, but I don’t see it mentioned.
Can you bear it????
The damn navel gazing endlessly internalising progressive fools who incrementally drove a stake through ACT’s free market heart are today attempting to breath new life into its rotting corpse. How politically blind to their own foolishness can these people possibly be?