ACT leader, Rodney Hide on the National party and ACT’s future.
From Rodney’s Blog
I always felt Don Brash was an anomaly for National. Just as was Ruth Richardson.
They never sat comfortably in National. And their vision for New Zealand and their policies were never supported.
They were both dumped ignominously.
National is a conservative party. It is not a party of reform or ideas.
It wins elections by cuddling Labour, adopting Labour policies and promising to adminster them with greater competence.
I don’t believe that is a criticism of National. I believe it to be just a fact.
In my lifetime the best party promoting freedom and prosperity was the Labour Party of the 1980s. The worst was National under Muldoon.
Don Brash has been dumped. New leader John Key is working assiduously to dump any vestige of policy vision or difference with Labour.
There is now clearly only one party standing up for freedom and prosperity. And that party is ACT.
ACT’s aim is to be the third party in Parliament. And not to be a tactical appendage to any party.
After all, in policy terms now, there’s not a lot of difference between National and Labour.
“There is no doubt that we are the party that stands up for individual freedom and personal responsibility and less government, and the National Party, in my view, never has.”