Extremes that work and extremes that don’t

Act and the Mana Party are at opposite ends of the political spectrum and many of their policies are described as extreme.

That isn’t necessarily true of Act and even if it is, many of their policies would work, few if any of Mana’s would.

If Act was able to enact most of its policies it would make New Zealand wealthier.

The problem with this party isn’t where it wants to go but the speed at which it wants to travel and the casualties that would be left in its wake.

Mana’s radical socialist dogma by contrast wouldn’t work. Its policies would result in economic ruin and social chaos.

The problem with this party isn’t just where it wants to go but also that it wants to get there by punishing the productive and sabotaging self reliance.

The irony is that the people who would be hurt the most are the ones it purports to represent. The poor have most to lose from anything which handicaps economic growth and undermines the social safety net on which many of them depend.

5 Responses to Extremes that work and extremes that don’t

  1. David says:

    “The irony is that the people who would be hurt the most are the ones it purports to represent.”

    Exactly. Shame our intrepid Reporters cant point this out to Hone

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  2. Sinner says:

    Yeah right. The three main problems with ACT are that it wants to go nowhere near far enough, gets there far too slow, and cares about “casualties”. Frankly so many people have lived high of my taxes for so damn long there’s no choice now but to dump them into the gutter as quickly as possible.

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  3. pdm says:

    You overlook the blatant racist aspects of the Mana party which is probably it’s most distasteful aspect.

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  4. Cadwallader says:

    I would argue that the Greens are the only truly extreme party in NZ. Despite this other parties have latched on to their dubious notions, ie Global Warming taxes.

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  5. scrubone says:

    The irony is that the people who would be hurt the most are the ones it purports to represent.

    Sort of like the irony I’ve experienced many times when farmers complain about the very speculators that give them currency hedging.

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