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Welcome to the real ACT party

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, March 3rd, 2009 - 7 comments
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This their slogan: “ACT – the liberal party”

This is the reality: “We’ve got too hung up on people’s rights.”

7 comments on “Welcome to the real ACT party ”

  1. that’s funny, tane and I posting simultaneously with different angles.

    I do actually think Garret’s comments are reflective of ACT, not just a loose cannon. They claim to be a liberal party but they’re not, they’re reactionary. I struggle to think of any time they have supported the extension or defence of rights, except (of course) for property rights.

  2. Tane 2

    They are, but I still think he’s a loose cannon. Off-message, drunk, embarrassing. I’m sure they must cringe every time they open the paper and see his face.

  3. George Darroch 3

    Hey, you oiks, what are you talking about. Liberals are the people who want to take away your rights, right?

  4. dave 4

    hahaha is that your new favourite word George?

  5. Ben R 5

    I think Act is primarily economically liberal. In any case, the word liberal gets misused depending on who’s using it.

    Similarly, rights tend to be weighed against other competing public interests. For instance, the right to freedom from discrimination is curtailed by the competing interest for affirmative action programmes, or race based funding in terms of health schemes. Rights are constantly being fettered by competing interests.

  6. Matthew Pilott 6

    For instance, the right to freedom from discrimination is curtailed by the competing interest for affirmative action programmes, or race based funding in terms of health schemes. Rights are constantly being fettered by competing interests.

    You’re incorrectly assuming that there was a level playing field before these groups were started (i.e. that before these ‘competing interests’ were around, no one was ever discriminated against).

  7. Rex Widerstrom 7

    …which is bloody annoying, because NZ needs a liberal party, but any claim Act may have thought it had to the title is now forever extinguished by their willingness to sell themselves to the SST. And for what exactly? Did the entire “Trust” agree to move to Epsom or something?!

    Who “owns” Gilbert and Hamish’s old trademark now, I wonder?

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