One of the things I’ve been following in the last few weeks and keep meaning to post about is Bryce Edwards’ series on the history of the Act party.
I don’t know how he’s managed to do it (let alone why) but in a brave and foolish act Edwards has waded into the strange and swampy morass that is the documented history of the Act party.
So far he’s covered its beginnings as a lobby group devised by Rogernomics snorting PR hacks to its creation (by Rogernomics snorting PR hacks) as a political party to the 1996 election. The best part is he’s put it into handy post-length pieces, none of which exceed the recommended safe daily dose of political insanity.
I’m not saying you want to read too much at once but if you never knew Act in the early days or you’ve forgotten how mad they were (and are) then you should put some time aside to take a look.
Looking back on the emergence of Act and what they ultimately stand for I can’t help feeling there is something wrong with a world, or perhaps just an electoral system, in which the Alliance disappears off the map but Act gets five MPs and cabinet standing.