Free Press – 19/12/2016

BY ACT at 19 December, 2016


Free Advice This week, in the spirit of Christmas, the Free Press is giving free advice to new Ministers. How would their jobs be different if ACT had more influence on the direction of the Government? We sketch out some draft agendas below. We’ll be taking a short break before returning in the new year.

Prime Minister Bill English (National Security and Intelligence, Ministerial Services) Appoint fewer Ministers to fewer portfolios.  It is difficult to


Free Press – 12/12/16

BY ACT at 12 December, 2016


The Simplest Explanation John Key’s retirement makes perfect sense for John Key.  Why sit around to experience your own political funeral when you’ve got a life to get on with? For all the speculation about the ‘real reason’ for Key’s resignation, the simplest explanation is usually the best: he had achieved what he wanted being Prime Minister for eight years, and with no further ambitions he decided to move on. David Seymour’s contribution to the


Free Press – 5/12/2016

BY ACT at 5 December, 2016


Congratulations to John Key For eight years, John Key has successfully guided us through a financial crisis, the Rena disaster, and major seismic upheaval. All the while businesses have enjoyed the confidence to grow under a stable, orthodox economic programme. In resigning, John Key has pulled off the rare trick of recognising his own political mortality before having to experience it first-hand. More importantly however is the chance this gives him to reclaim a normal


Free Press – 21/11/2016

BY ACT at 21 November, 2016


Taking Tamaki Too Seriously In this week’s tete-a-tete with Labour’s Jacinda Ardern, David Seymour argues the press are taking Brian Tamaki’s recent comments far more seriously than they deserve. “To the young people out there: you have the right to be who you are, proudly – and the most effective weapon against people who say otherwise is laughter. Tamaki’s supporters thrive on the idea that the whole world is against him, but laughing at


Free Press – 28/11/2016

BY David Seymour at 20 November, 2016


Tax Cuts Endure Earthquake News of the Kaikoura Earthquake has only temporarily derailed what will be one of the biggest issues in election year. Early estimates of $3 billion in recovery costs won’t come close to absorbing $20 billion of surpluses coming down the line over the next four years. The yesterdays of Labour, the Greens, and New Zealand First inventing things to spend enormous surpluses on are back.  They will campaign on spending enormous