The magnitude and scope of ACT’s attack on the State is as breathtaking as it is alarming.
ACT believes in the hard-right mantra of less State, more market and David Seymour’s desire to mutilate the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Women, Ministry of Pacific Peoples, Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, Ministry of Māori Affairs as well as the Human Rights Commission is the most extreme policy platform seen since Rogernomics scoured this nation in the 1980s.
This is on top of billions cut in welfare, Kiwisaver, Winter Heat payments, student loan interest free payments, working for families payments and best start payments.
National’s reliance on ACT to form a Government will be the first time National has solely had to rely on ACT giving David enormous leverage to shape the most right-wing Government NZ has ever seen.
This amputation of State capacity is justified because none of these Ministry’s make money, but the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Women, Ministry of Pacific Peoples, Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, Ministry of Māori Affairs as well as the Human Rights Commission DON’T HAVE TO MAKE MONEY!
That’s not their job!
Their job is to provide political voice and representation to make our democracy worthwhile, they aren’t there to generate income or be judged on market KPIs.
There are things worth more than dollars and cents in a democracy and ACT’s desecration of those values in the name of such banal cost evaluations shows us a Party who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
The hard-right nature of ACTs policies should alarm all those who care about civil society in New Zealand.