Seymour becomes a star in the poll dance – but let’s see a spotlight on the hard policy ACT has choreographed

ACT  leader  David Seymour  seems  to  think  he is  dancing  with the  stars  once more. Whether  he’s  in  step  with the  music is somewhat uncertain.

At  any  rate, he’s boldly  putting  it  about:

“We can  win in 2023.”

Point  of  Order has  received from  him a  note  on  how the latest  polls   are  trending in  which he  asserts the gap between the Government and the Opposition is closing.

He  cites the  latest Taxpayers’ Union Curia poll,   in  which  ACT is steady on 16%, while Labour is down 6 points to 39%.

“In the last 12 months, National has regained its election night polling and we have doubled our support.Two months ago, the gap between the centre-left and centre-right was 19 points. It’s now just 6.

“In the most important barometer of the mood of the country, more New Zealanders now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction than the right direction”.

And  then comes  some fancy footwork aimed (presumably) to lift his share of the spotlight and win more audience plaudits:

“Also notable is that only two individual politicians have a net positive approval rating: Jacinda, who’s falling, and me, rising”.

In yet another poll, this time from Talbot Mills, ACT’s rise continues to a new all-time high for that poll of 17%.

Seymour  says that in 2023

“..  we need to change not just the government, but the direction of our country. This can’t come soon enough.

”With everything going on in New Zealand right now, Labour’s priority, he  says, is scrapping a law that’s keeping Kiwis safe from violent criminals.

“Labour’s out of touch and we need it out of office”.

The problem  for  Seymour  is  that National  and ACT  might  be  united  in  their  sentiments  about  the  government, but  they are  not yet convincing the voters  in that  vital segment, the   middle,  that they have  the  answers  to  shape  the  country’s  future.

That’s  not  surprising, given that, apart  from Seymour, ACT’s  MPs  are all newcomers  and  National, for  its  part, is  still suffering  from the  aftermath  of  its of   its  rapid  leadership  changes.  Moreover, the  Covid pandemic   has  submerged  or  obscured  Labour’s  policy  failures:  think  of the  commitment to build  100,000 houses, eliminate  child  poverty, get rid of  homelessness.

Now the country’s problems (and Labour’s difficulties) are  compounded   by ones  familiar  to  an  older  generation:  soaring house prices,  rising  inflation, and deepening  inequality.

What  many New  Zealanders  are looking  for  is  a  clear  and   positive  alternative to  the welfarism  and bumbling  inefficiency  of the  Ardern  government.  There  is  also  growing  concern  about  what looks  like a  significant shift to Maori  sovereignty  as  outlined in the He Puapua report.

So it’s up  to Seymour  to  tell  us what  he  can  do, not  just  to  change  the  government    but  also to  steer  NZ  back  to  safer  waters.  Even better, he should be promoting a formula  for real economic  growth, low inflation  and higher living standards.

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