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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Two Ticks for ACT

As I'm going to be overseas on the 17th, I decided to go and cast my vote today having finally made my decision. The three parties I was most likely to vote for were National, ACT and don't laugh, the Greens. The Greens were easily ruled out early on because they are too idealistic and not pragmatic enough in their policy - if I could sum it up in a couple of words, Keith Locke. I am still very supportive of better environmental policy in New Zealand, but the Greens are just so far out there to be laughable.

The choice between National and ACT was more difficult. Do I go for National and play the numbers game and guarantee my votes counting, or do I go with my desire to see ACT back in parliament again? There were probably two key realisations that helped me make my decision.

  1. The Myth of the Wasted Vote - when I really thought about it, somewhere around half the country are going to waste their party vote, becuase the party that they vote for will end up in opposition. Likewise for the electorate vote. Of all the votes cast this election, less than half of them will go towards electing the next government. I decided I wasn't going to vote National just because it has turned into a (almost) two horse race, or, shock horror, that it may not even count.
  2. National and United Future - this was the real kicker for me. National lost my vote when I heard on the radio yesterday whilst driving around Auckland that they were doing their darndest to avoid Rodney Hide whilst arranging the National/United Future PR show. ACT would support National to the hilt, but the party doesn't want a bar of it.

So it really came down to a recognition that around half of us are not going to get the government we want anyway, and National's absolute refusal to have anything to do with ACT whilst schmoozing up to le Dunnybrush sealed it for me - you shouldn't leave you partners hanging out to dry. Two ticks for ACT!

I'm hoping I'll be able to watch the results flow in whilst I'm waiting in Changi Airport on my way home. Maybe I'll see some of those new Strike Eagles if I'm lucky!

Posted by Bernard Woolley | 9/07/2005 05:13:00 pm

6 Comments:

Blogger ZenTiger said...

I share similar thoughts. I like some of the Green policies too, but overall I find them a little too out-there.

Other than National's tax policy, which I thought was only doing half the job, and therefore I wonder if the positive effects would be watered down, I am not overly thrilled with the entire package.

But compared to another Labour government - an easy choice.

It's going to be an interesting election, and I will be relieved if National get in, and thrilled if ACT pulls off a last minute coup. Without any ACT influence, the next 3 years look pretty ordinary.

9/07/2005 05:33:00 pm  
Blogger Mike Collins said...

Great stuff Bernard. What electorate?

I was up in Epsom on the weekend and the amount of people that came up to Rodney and said that they had already voted for him was amazing. Then I saw that Epsom has the highest amount of early votes of any electorate. Makes you think.

9/07/2005 06:20:00 pm  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Good Green choice Bernard. We need growth to be able to afford green. The more growth, the cleaner we can become.

9/07/2005 06:55:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Mike - Not Epsom, and one of the safer National seats in the country.

I hate the idea of having a National government with no ACT - they are needed to keep the bastards honest! And it also came back to voting with philosophy as well. ACT isn't perfect, but they're certainly one of the best in a bad bunch :)

9/07/2005 10:21:00 pm  
Blogger Tane said...

"The Myth of the Wasted Vote", I agree entirely, the myth of the wasted vote was invented by big parties to marginalise the minors and carve up the political landscape between them. Vote for whoever you think is best, and you'll never waste your vote. I only think you can waste your vote if you vote for some bastards you despise.

As Billy Connolly would say, if you wouldn't have a beer with them, don't fuckin' vote for them!

9/07/2005 11:29:00 pm  
Blogger Nigel Kearney said...

There definitely needs to be more analysis of what makes a vote 'wasted'.

In one sense, unless the makeup of government is determined by a single vote, your vote will be wasted no matter what you do. But I don't think this analysis is correct.

9/08/2005 09:06:00 am  

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