The Speech David Seymour should have made
Its not fair or accurate to say that the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers (ACT) is a complete waste of everyone’s time. They do have some good ideas and in spite of their wokeism, they also have some of the best people in parliament. (not saying much)
ACT’s problem is their inconsistency in that they shy away from matters they should be leading on especially when they (in their latest incarnation) sell themselves as the party of “freedom”.
Their leader David Seymour gave a speech recently on the state of the nation, and there was much to admire in what he said on most subjects. At the same time, the speech had illogical contradictory positions on a couple of key issues. Issues that a party truly concerned with freedom should be very clear on.
New Zealand has a de-facto Bill of Rights. De-facto because it is not legally binding upon politicians, but only relies upon their respect for its mantras. Its sad to see that today most politicians hold the BOR in contempt.
Of all parties, ACT should be the one speaking out against BOR breaches imposed as a result of Covid19, but in a shocking betrayal of what they stand for, they’ve been vocal in endorsing most such measures.
In his State of the Nation speech David Seymour said-
“… senseless policies continue. Isolation doesn’t work, MIQ doesn’t work, but we still pay their costs. …Then there’s the division and loss of trust and capital after the Government used fear to control the population for two years. One of the most important tasks will be restoring the balance between the citizen and the state. In other words, when do we get our freedom back?”
The most startling thing here is that Seymour has not included mandatory vaccinations in his list of “what does not work”. All over the world, evidence is growing that they are not only ineffective in stopping transmission of the virus, they have large scale adverse affects that are only now coming to light due to mainstream media’s selective reporting.
Mandatory vaccinations have also been at the forefront of the govts assaults on our liberties, but where is Seymour’s condemnation? Of course condemning it now would be exceedingly hypocritical, as Mr Seymour has publicly endorsed mandatory vaccines every step of the way.
David also took a shot at the Climate Change hoax, but once again shied away from the main issue-
“The same can be said for the new bureaucracy created by the Zero Carbon Act. It is the greatest centralisation of power since Muldoon, with the Minister for Climate Change setting carbon budgets for every sector of the economy. Everything from what you drive to how your dinner gets cooked is now under the control of a commanding heights bureaucracy.”
Staggeringly confusing. ACT has been behind the false Carbon Trading market virtually since day one, in the mistaken belief it is some kind of “free enterprise solution” to the myth of man caused climate change.
This blog has been pointing out for years that the whole AGW concept is a hoax, and only a means for socialists to gain control of capital. Mr Seymour seems to acknowledge this in his speech, but refuses to bite the bullet and expose it as the fakery it truly is.
People have said Mr Seymour’s State of the Nation speech was a great speech. Its not, its at best a middling speech, and in fact emphasizes the old political adage “politicians should be judged not by what they say, but by what they do.”
In terms of fighting the battle for freedom against the ever encroaching strong arm Stasi-like state that is developing in New Zealand, the words David should have used are in a speech to the European parliament by German MP Christine Anderson in November 2021. Ms Anderson puts David Seymour to shame with her directness and her courage.
Its a beautiful and brave speech, and it is exactly what David Seymour should have said if he was truly concerned with freedom in New Zealand. (2 minutes 8 seconds)
Christine Anderson- “No one grants me freedom, for I am a free person”
The bottom line here is that David Seymour has missed a golden opportunity to differentiate ACT from the socialist rabble who make up both main parties. By going with the flow on mandates (ACT didn’t vote for the bill, but not because of this aspect) he has made a serious strategic mistake that will impact in so many negative ways on his party’s future success.
Is this mistake bad enough to get him fired? Well yes it is, but the fact that most other ACT MPS have virtually non-existent public profiles will probably save him.