New name for ACT party?

It looks like the ACT party are considering renaming themselves. They have to do something to turn their lack of support around, they are virtually nothing but the MP for Epsom.

Frank Newman: ACT re-branding

…David Seymour says they are looking at a possible name change.

In an interview on Radio NZ on 15 June he said he did not want to give anything away about the new name, but he did mention various options were being considered, like Liberal Party or something more radical like Reason Party.

Well, he actually has already given a fair bit away on this topic.

On the 8th of October 2017 he registered the domain names, liberalparty.org.nz and liberalparty.co.nz. He has not registered domain names involving Reform Party or Reason Party, and those domain names remain.

The registrations were modified recently. But it’s still only ‘possible name change’ at this stage.

The question is whether changing the name will change the public’s perception of the Party.  Changing the name of a dead horse from Jake to Jack, does not bring the horse back to life.

It will take more than a name change – it needs other people involved who look like they could contribute to a party in Parliament, and one of the first hurdles is being seen as serious prospects by media, who are effectively the gatekeepers of any new entrance into politics.

Being rich and eccentric seems to be a prerequisite. Kim Dotcom, Colin Craig and Gareth Morgan all spent millions of dollars and attracted significant media attention, but that didn’t get them over the MMP line (5% threshold).

Seymour has a significant advantage though. If he holds on to Epsom the threshold doesn’t matter, thanks to the failure of the last (National) government to make MMP fair.

History of ACT party vote and MPs:

  • 1996 – 6.1%, 7 list MPs
  • 1999 – 7.04%, 9 list MPs
  • 2002 – 7.14%, 9 list MPs
  • 2005 – 1.51%, 1 electorate MP (Rodney Hide) and 1 list MP
  • 2008 – 3.65%, 1 electorate MP (Rodney Hide), 4 list MPs
  • 2011 – 1.07%, 1 electorate MP (John Banks)
  • 2014 – 0.69%, 1 electorate MP (David Seymour)
  • 2017 – 0.50%, 1 electorate MP (David Seymour)

So even a step up to one more MP will require a tripling of their 2017 party vote unless they can win another electorate.

I thought that Seymour had a fairly good first term considering he had to set up as an electorate MP and set ACT up inn Parliament with no prior experience. But ACT lost ground.

Seymour is trying a dancing stunt to get attention at the moment, but I don’t know whether that will help ACT’s chances. Perhaps his dance party will run as deputy leader.

22 Comments

  1. PartisanZ

     /  June 17, 2018

    ” … you should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans”.

    Tom Robbins

    They could resurrect Don Brash?

    Nah … by 2020 most of the remnant ‘Right Brigade’ will have passed away …

    Playing the “Eminently Sensible” card on drug law reform and End-of-Life-Choice doesn’t seem to have done the trick, does it!?

    • Corky

       /  June 18, 2018

      ACT’s lack of Action should be the last thing exercising your nasty wit, Parti. In case you haven’t noticed, the ball is in your court. That means you have to hit it to score a point.

      On second thoughts, allow us Righties to do that hitting for you.

  2. PartisanZ

     /  June 17, 2018

    Merge with TOP maybe?

    Big ask ………….. for Gareth …

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 18, 2018

      Big ask for anyone to merge with Gareth Morgan. I can’t see that happening.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  June 17, 2018

    ” … one of the first hurdles is being seen as serious prospects by media, who are effectively the gatekeepers of any new entrance into politics.”

    Wow! What a denouncement of and indictment upon our Fourth Estate …

    That says it all … Who controls the media controls the gateway.

    “There’s one political party in this country, and that’s the corporate party” – John Hall

  4. Gezza

     /  June 17, 2018

    David Seymour largely now just plays the fool in Parliament at Question Time. It’s like he’s given up on achieving anything and has just decided to clown around there. Although to be fair the way Questions are allotted to parties he seems to be allowed very few – and the way Trev’s running things he can easily lose the few questions he is allowed at Trev’s whim – and that has happened to him.

    • PartisanZ

       /  June 18, 2018

      He’s doing the appropriate thing then … playing the Clown in a Westminster Circus …

      • Gezza

         /  June 18, 2018

        I haven’t seen the kind of horseplay and petty nonsense that continually goes on in our Parliament going on in Westminster.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 18, 2018

          That may be because we don’t see much of what goes on there.

          Read Dickens’ sketch about the Parliament of the 1830s and you’ll see how little some things change. It’s now online as a Gutenberg. (Sketches by Boz)

          I have three copies of this great book because I can’t bear to part with any of them.

          • Gezza

             /  June 18, 2018

            It’s 2018 Kitty.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 18, 2018

              The 1837 account really does show how little things change, it’s terribly funny.

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  June 18, 2018

    There is always “Dancing with the Stars Party” or “Dancing Party” for short.

  6. Blazer

     /  June 18, 2018

    UPIP….unpopular politicians imploding party.

  7. Zedd

     /  June 18, 2018

    if Mr seymour can convince Judith/others to waka jump.. then Natl would maybe have viable partner, not just ‘making up the numbers’; 1 or 2 seats

  8. PartisanZ

     /  June 18, 2018

    What does ACT stand for? I mean A … C … T … ?

    Anyhow, it could more easily become RACT or SACT than TACT … or FACT …

    • Gezza

       /  June 18, 2018

      It was originally the Association of Consumers & Taxpayers.

      • PartisanZ

         /  June 18, 2018

        Oh, okay … They could become the Taxpayers Union Party then … TUP …

        Or the NZ Initiative Party … NZIP …

        • PartisanZ

           /  June 18, 2018

          Taxpayers Union Liberal Initiative Party … that’s not an acronym by the way …

          T. U. L. I. P. …………. It is … it is an acronym!

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