A Million Views
This week, an ACT MP had a video viewed a million times, worldwide.
It was James McDowall swearing allegiance to the Queen in Parliament.
He swore in English and Cantonese, his wife’s language. Hong Kong
legislators are forced to go to Beijing and swear allegiance to the
Chinese State in Mandarin. (They generally prefer Cantonese). That
James freely swore allegiance to an independent head of state wasn’t
lost on Hong Kongers and Taiwanese.
Allegiance To The Queen
Free Press is distraught to learn Ricardo Menéndez March
has no principles. We were awed when the new Green MP said he would
not swear allegiance to the Queen. We assumed he realised that this
would mean no parliamentary salary. For $163,000 a year, he swore
allegiance. It never ceases to amaze us how commercial the hard left
can be when it comes to their own bank accounts.
David Seymour’s Address in Reply to the Speech from the Throne has
been critically praised. “It was a great speech, well crafted,
analytical and inspirational. It made me proud to have hung in with
the ACT Party,” and “My daughter just sent me the abstract from your
leader’s speech - superb” is typical feedback. Decide for yourself here.
We warn you: it is long.
The Speech From The
The Government’s Speech from the Throne is supposed to set out its
agenda for the term of Parliament. The short version is: The
Government will continue to point to how badly off the rest of the
world is with Covid-19, it will go to war on anything that emits
carbon dioxide, it will get creative with measuring its results. Who
needs GDP when we have wellbeing? The full version is here.
We have long said Brooke van Velden is a future star. Most new MPs
will not speak before Christmas. The few exceptions are those who will
give a well-rehearsed maiden statement under the convention that there
is no heckling. Watch
Brooke speaking minutes after being sworn in as an MP, and see a star
The Government will release the Royal Commission of inquiry into
the Christchurch terror attacks on 8 December. The Federation of
Islamic Associations has already released its own report. It finds
what’s been an open secret: the terrorist was not vetted when he got
his licence. Instead of taking responsibility, Police bosses lobbied
Government to make rushed, ineffective, and premature changes to
Taxes Going Up
If there was ever an example of why we need to raise our sights in
politics, it is coming this week. The Government is going to raise the
top tax rate on income over $180,000. It will do this using
parliamentary urgency. It will raise little revenue. It will be
justified by pointing out that few people will pay it. Labour says it
is okay to pick on a minority if that minority is
ACT has argued for some time that the Reserve Bank needs to change
how it defines inflation. Asset price inflation matters as well as
inflation in the prices of goods and services. At the moment, the
Reserve Bank considers the price of pizzas, petrol, and cigarettes,
but not the most important asset most New Zealanders will purchase.
Last Tuesday, the Government wrote to the Reserve Bank asking them to
do just that. Lots of water to go under the bridge, but ACT is setting