Act Party struggles to avoid political oblivion
Sat, 23 Feb 2013 6:10p.m.
By Brook Sabin
The Act Party is facing political oblivion, so today joined giraffes, zebra and alpaca in an attempt to revive its fortunes.
Current leader John Banks told his small flock of supporters at their annual meeting he is about to turn the party around. But it was their former leader creating controversy.
The conference was complete with enthusiastic supporters and breathtaking sculptures, all on the Alan Gibbs family farm north of Auckland.
As the party faithful arrived at the modern day utopia, they were greeted with a rousing speech from former leader Rodney Hide, who attacked the media.
"The media won't know what you're talking about,” he says. “They think you have horns, hate the poor, hate Maori, hate the unions – well, that's true.”
Fearing that comment would make the news, MC Jim Hopkins asked Mr Hide to reconsider.
“There was a moment when you said we hate the poor, hate the Maoris, hate everything, and it's true,” says Mr Hopkins. I was just wondering if you'd like to revisit that.”
He refused, and took direct aim at 3 News.
“Probably not here, TV3 news, because they're on a tight budget,” says Mr Hide. “Oh they are – bastards!”
But Mr Hide is dust, and the current leader facing political oblivion. The latest 3 News-Reid Research poll out tomorrow has Act sliding from .2 percent, to just .1 percent. That didn't faze current leader Mr Banks.
“We want to get to 5 percent at the next election,” he says.
Act today waded into the housing wars, with a policy called Freedom to Build, effectively giving owners the ability to do much more with their land.
“Act's Freedom to Build policy is a presumption that can you can develop your property if you respect the rights of your neighbours’,” says Mr Banks.
But the Gibbs family farm is renowned for thinking outside the square. And that's exactly what Act needs to do if it's to get from .1 to 5 percent. That's a 4900 percent increase in support.
Mr Banks says it's possible. But today it was hard to tell what was real and what was make-believe.
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27/02/2013 10:23:10 p.m.
Be gone. No one wants you.
27/02/2013 11:10:40 a.m.
Whose checking ACT membership of 5%, they are now no longer a party, time to wind it up.
26/02/2013 7:50:20 p.m.
She'll Be Right wrote:
Just campaign on your honesty and integrity. Lol
26/02/2013 10:44:03 a.m.
0.1% = one person in 1000. The poll only samples about 1000 people, so they're lucky they got that. TV3's coverage was cruel, but ACT bring it on themselves. TV3 should just replay Hide saying "Bastards!" as a station promotion.
25/02/2013 9:11:32 p.m.
Sterilisatation comes to mind immediately to prevent further outbreak of this disease.
25/02/2013 1:29:48 p.m.
@MIKE: That is just your spin. Rodney meant what he said about ACT's hatred of the poor, the Maori and the unions. When the MOC asked him to revisit/revise his stupid comments, Rodney refused.
25/02/2013 8:41:58 a.m.
It's pretty bloody obvious what he meant: the last part of the statement relating to the unions is what he meant as 'true'.
Doesn't exactly take a genius to work that out. So what does that make the media?
24/02/2013 6:52:12 p.m.
The latest poll today showing that National can govern alone cooks the ACTS goose completely. Bye ACT, Bye Banks. Good riddance!
24/02/2013 3:50:04 p.m.
It make me want to start a campaign to bring back the Stocks and pillorying social transgressors in public. Save all your rotten old veges and eggs and watch this space!
24/02/2013 3:25:25 p.m.
@Jane, that is why ACT gets along so well with National.
Both Parties are minority bashing bigots with little to no morality.
Look at John Key he is still in denial that poverty exists and that his party is the main cause of it.
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