A Good Keen Man
Robin Grieve continues to get rave reviews around Northland. He has the best one-liners of any candidate. Free Press followed him around Mangawhai on Sunday where he pointed out that shooting oneself in the foot would not send much of a message. We understand loyal ACT voters may vote strategically for the National candidate, but Robin’s campaign shows ACT is strong.
The Jetsons are Coming
We predict that technology will blur the line between public and private transport. This week Uber have launched Uber Pool in East Los Angeles. Up to four people going to similar places at similar times can share an Uber car by tapping their destination on their smart phone. Is this a taxi service or a bus? Google is also working on driverless car projects that would do the same thing, only without an Uber-like driver. Projects such as the City Rail Loop that have a long payoff but are unable to adapt to change are becoming harder and harder to justify.
Only Businessman Robin Grieve, an orchardist and health and safety consultant, is the only Northland by-election candidate who’s supporting himself in the private sector. “A council bureaucrat, a career politician, a district councillor, and a self-employed businessman walk into a bar…”
ACT’s conference was attended by 230 people. Usually drawing a crowd is hardest after an election. This crowd was larger than last year’s. ACT Leader David Seymour’s speech has been widely reported as a new beginning for a new party. The tone of the conference and reporting of it heralds a new zeitgeist for ACT. Read David’s speech here: http://www.act.org.nz/posts/speech-our-classical-liberal-tribe
12 Days Until ACT Conference: New Zealand the Way You Want It Registrations are well ahead of schedule from last year. ACT is resurgent. However ACT supporters are notorious last-minute registrants. You can see the program on our website. If you have not yet registered, please do.
A New Beginning
This month is an inflection point. It begins a political year and a parliamentary term. From a front row seat in parliament, we rate the parties’ chances.
Still Scared of the Big Bad Ruth
Prime Minister John Key has won three elections. 58 seats, 59 seats, 60 seats. What a politician. Where are the policies? Last year we told the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister that Ruth Richardson has accepted a role giving advice in the ACT office. It is hard to put those two off their stride, but that did it.
Welcome to the first ever edition of Free Press, ACT’s new regular bulletin. If you’re wondering why you’ve received this, we’ve used the same mailing list as Richard Prebble’s classic The Letter, and hope we can stimulate you in the same way. Otherwise, feel free to exercise your freedom of association and click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of your email.
Yesterday ACT Leader David Seymour took part in an Ask Me Anything session with the National Business Review. He answered questions on a variety of subjects, including Landcorp, Auckland transport, Working For Families, ACC, dating, and more.