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Douglas Returns

Douglas returns! Hide and Douglas have buried the hatchet; Douglas the founder of the ACT party has made up with Hide in election year. It seems that the similarities between the policies of National /Labour and the “state of the country” has driven Douglas to re-enter the ACT party ranks to help campaign.

I think this will be good for ACT, when Hide first came to power he focused on scandal politics. However over the last couple of years we have seen ACT mellow out and really start to develop a position in parliament (whether that is a good or bad thing is a different story). This shift within ACT and the lack of choice in the major parties has set the ground for Douglas to return.

It will be good to see Douglas on the scene again. The experience he brings to ACT will really help them with the development of policy et al. which will increase their chances of a return at the end of 2008.

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  1. Karl Marx says:

    Yea, he has loads of experience in destroying parties from within. Bring on the Douglas Machine. I will dance in the ashes of Act’s Demise

  2. Hopefully they will mellow out so much that they cease to exist as a political tool of the right wing capitalist lacky running pig dogs that have infested New Zealand.
    I will urinate on the ashes of ACT, extinguishing any remaining embers, whilst hopefully avoiding Karl’s shoes.

    Nice to see you around Karl. Haven’t caught up with you since the last Communist party.

  3. Karl Marx says:

    Рад тебя видеть! Great to see you are still alive and kicking Lenin my lad – and bringing the glorious revolution to the enemies of the workers as well. What a star.

    We should catch up at Fidels and have a chat over some fair trade coffee sometime!

  4. Jackson Wood says:

    ACT must be wary of bringing back the old blood. The name Roger Douglas leaves a sour taste in many peoples’ mouth’s.ACT must be wary of bringing back the old blood. The name Roger Douglas leaves a sour taste in many peoples’ mouths. Some voters attracted to ACT in the past four years may find him an unpalatable re-addition to ACT’s mix. Douglas conjures up two types of responses. One being disgust; for the economic reformer who shanghaied the Labour Party and caused economic hardship and suffering. The second being admiration for the person who was strong enough to take NZ down a new path with new ideologies.

    Experience can only carry ACT so far from the dismal position it is currently in.

  5. Rick Giles says:

    A welcome return to the front from someone who was never really gone. I mean, what “hatchet” was there to be burry?

    ACT has a long way to go before there is a climate for more advanced radicalism that Sir Rodger is prepared to tolerate. A long way we can go together.

  6. Stephen Whittington says:

    Be so good if they could get Ruth Richardson to stand for them as well.

  7. Jackson Wood says:

    The hatchet buried in the back of Labour supporters…. oh no wait that is a different story. The hatchets could refer to the weapons they were carrying into some Kirk/Spock type battle.Douglas just didn’t like Hide… maybe Douglas just doesn’t like fat people. EG, David Lange, or Hide prior to Dancing with the Stars. Now that he is skinny it’s all on.

    Imagine if all the old guard came back, Prebble included. That would be a formidable line up, no doubt about that. But is there any point in it? ACT is a party based soundly around principles. The people in the party, although important, are not the soul attraction for voters.

  8. ACT really needs more spark – or better promoted spark. I’ve seen more enthusiasm from their campus divisions than their politicians.

    Rodney did a great job of retaining epsom last election – but he is increasingly becoming sidelined in the house due to his public persona as “that fat dude from TV”. There was a lot of political moolah to be made from that, and Rodney hasn’t really capitalised. ACT in general haven’t. They need to try and drop the negatively perceived image of corporate cronyism, and instead run on true liberal values – not just economic ones. They might be surprised at the support they get.

  9. Act will continue to stagnate so long as it calls itself the “liberal party” but pushes only economically liberal policies. There are a massive number of young people who would consider voting for Act if Rodney and Heather actually stood up on socially liberal policies and attempted to get something done in the areas of euthanasia and drug prohibition, among others.

    In his first parliamentary speech of this year, Rodney began with a substantial amount of complaining ’bout the EFA. Fine – it is a badly-drawn act. He then touched upon tax rates and his Regularatory Responsibility Bill to reduce compliance. And there it ends.

    Act are not the liberal party. If you talk to Rodney and Heather they agree with socially liberal policies, but they cannot call themselves the liberal party until these become party policy and they are willing to take a stand. They need to develop some guts and some committment to liberty for whole human beings, not just liberty for their cash supply. Bringing back Roger Douglas will do nothing to make this happen.

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