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Minister for whut?!?!

It appears that ACT is  in a world of it’s own…




Don Brash resigned as Leader of ACT on 26 November – about two and a half  months ago.

But perhaps even more curious is this,




There is no such portfolio as “Minister of Parliament for Epsom”.

At best, John Banks is the MP (Member of Parliament ) for Epsom.

And of course, there was this little item I blogged about back in December, last year,




It’s interesting that ACT has managed to “update” the above page by adding a Facebook  “Like” button, and a Google “+1” button – but have not yet figured out that they have only one MP (John Banks) – not five, as pictured.

This would be mildly amusing (and not really worthwhile to blog about) – except that ACT is now on course to implement it’s unpopular and ideologically-based, “Charter Schools” policy (which was never mandated by voters, as it was never raised as a public issue), and has appointed Catherine Isaac (ex-ACT President, and ACT List candidate for 2011 Election) to oversee the implementation of Charter Schools.

This re-structuring of part of our education is a major change to our education system, and has the potential to impact on the lives of an entire generation of children.

It seems inconceivable that the implementation of this radical, controversial policy, is in the hands of people who don’t know how many MPs they have in Parliament; who their Leader is;  employ Parliamentary titles that don’t exis; and can’t be bothered to update on-line information.

What, exactly, should we trust about ACT?

This should be cause for concern for all New Zealanders.

For the record:

  • John Banks is not the “Minister” for Epsom – he is the Member of Parliament for Epsom.
  • The term “Minister for Epsom” does not exist.
  • ACT has one MP, not five.
  • None of the five persons depicted on the ACT webpage as “MPs” are MPs  (none stood for re-election in 2011).
  • Don Brash is not the Leader of ACT.



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  1. Alex B.
    10 February 2012 at 7:09 pm

    ROFLMAO! These righties are stupider than I thought!!

  2. Sally S.
    10 February 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Oh dear. Their incompetance is laid bare for all to see! LOL!

  3. Tom Sawyer
    10 February 2012 at 11:56 pm

    It’s sickening to know that Banks is in charge of Charter Schools. If all our kids end up like him, we’ll end up a nation of morons.

  4. 11 February 2012 at 4:09 pm

    A bit pathetic for John Boy!

  5. Epsomite Dad
    11 February 2012 at 6:54 pm

    God help me I nearly voted for the idiot. I’m thankful I stuck with Paul Goldsmith.

    • 11 February 2012 at 11:25 pm

      Epsomite Dad – I suspect quite a few Greens and Labour voters may have ticked your man as well. You have my sympathies for who you currently have as your Minister for Epsom… Ooops, I meant Member of Parliament for Epsom.

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