At this rate Act may not have enough candidates to fill its list of MPs in Parliament.
A fifth Act candidate has pulled out, days before the list has to be lodged.
From the Herald:
The Act Party has lost its fifth candidate in eight weeks after Brent Miles, who was running in Taranaki King Country, withdrew from the race just over a month out from the election.
A party spokesman said Miles withdrew last week for personal reasons and “we have no further comment”.
I suspect Brent Miles is another cooker candidate and something has been discovered in his social media that was to difficult to sustain.
The other candidates who have withdrawn include the following:
There are a few other candidates they should have got rid of. Like sitting MP Mark Cameron who is described by ACT as being an authentic voice for rural people but who is also a climate change denier and a Donald Trump supporter. He also has abused Ardern and described her as “pea brained halfwit”, a “feckless wench”, “a IQ light weight”, a “vacuous teenager” while at the same time thinking that Trump has been making the United States “awesome” during his term as president.
Or Zane Cousins who has been the subject of four complaints relating to his performance as a real eastate agent. One of the complaints resulted in a censure.
To top off the sense of unreality ACT has proposed a confidence only deal with National. Decisions on budgets and legislation would be made on a case by case basis. The prospects of brinkmanship would be very high. National has responded to this proposal by indicating that it does not deal in hypotheticals.
There are distinct signs of American style politics infecting one of our major parties. Voters should avoid these parties like the plague.