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Newsflash! ACT Confirms List Positions! (But no one cares.)

ACT leader, Don Brash,  and Party President Chris Simmons, today announced their revised Party List.  As stated earlier, former leader Rodney Hide would not be standing for ACT again, after he was rolled earlier this year by Brash.

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Dr Brash & Mr Hide

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In a somewhat conciliatory speech, Brash stated,

““John Key is a capable and respected leader, who has seen New Zealand through some very difficult times and is generally taking the country in the right direction. But the big issue in this election is the economy. New Zealand is facing the worst economic outlook since 1984. The Government needs to go further and faster and take some tough decisions to safeguard the country and put it onto a path to genuine prosperity. There are a lot of people out there who would like to see the government do that.Source

It is interesting that Brash states, “the Government needs to go further and faster and take some tough decisions to safeguard the country and put it onto a path to genuine prosperity. There are a lot of people out there who would like to see the government do that.

Really?!

Well, if there are a “lot of people out there who would like to see the government do that” – they sure as hell ain’t voting ACT!

Nice try, Don. But no banana.

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And that, folks, is the “nail in the coffin” for the ACT Party.

Unless it can ‘crack’ the 5% MMP threshold, it has no hope of winning seats in Parliament after 26 November.

As an aside, this is yet another stark reminder that MMP is not a “free ride” for small parties into Parliament. Like the former Alliance and NZ First parties, and the semi-dead, “one-man-band” United Future Party – there is no guarantee that under MMP small parties can survive the feral environment that is Parliamentary.

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