ACT Board Member Resigns

October 12th, 2006 at 9:54 am by David Farrar

The NZ Herald reports that Andrew Fulford, Central region board member for ACT, has resigned from ACT’s Board after just six months.

Fulford’s criticism’s are that the party was dominated and encumbered by its libertarian wing, not the Douglas faction which he belongs to. This is not surprisingly as most of the Douglas faction have left or gone inactive.

He also says the Board has become a glorified electorate committee for Epsom.

I’m surprised that Mr Fulford has taken so long to realise Rodney has strong libertarian tendencies. It’s hardly a state secret.

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10 Responses to “ACT Board Member Resigns”

  1. Zutroy () says:

    It’s not just the Douglas faction thats gone. A lot of the “Ruth Richardson Nats” from the mid 1990s have all left ACT and gone back to National as well.

    I don’t see any evidence of ACT rebuilding, just imploding. Quite sad really – they really were a quite impressive political party back in the mid/late 1990s – with all the energy and optimism that National should have had. They were cutting edge and had a good mix of Prebble pragmatism, Hide populism and ideological wonkery. And then it all seemed to go downhill.

    While this particular board member is only just one person, for them to resign in this kind of public fashion suggests that its not just a personal issue, but Fulford is really trying to show he’s not involved anymore – as if to say “you can’t blame me for what is about to happen”.

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  2. Murray () says:

    If you know what Rodneys tendices are David would you like to share them with the rest of us because lately he seems to be jumping on the pad dog bandwagon.

    It’s most unpleasent to view, what with it being so crowded already.

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  3. Gooner () says:

    Everybody in politics has agendas, including Andrew Fullford. This was not a ‘public resignation’ until Andrew made it one. I think it’s a bit sad running off to the Herald like he’s done.

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  4. bruceh () says:

    Andrew would appear to be capable fellow however wanting to turn ACT back to it’s Roger roots was never going to work out because ACT never developed those roots in the first place – right from the start the party has been an amalgam of members energised by a range of outlooks. A not unreasonable way to summarise this range is to put them under the headers of Roger types, Richard types, Rodney types, Ruth types – not necessarily following after the personalities but more from believing in their respective achievements and wanting more of the same

    All in all ACT has handled this spectrum comparitively well (bar the noisey exceptions)and I still believe an effective policy platform and positioning will regain some parts of the dispersed support base as well as pick up new support.

    Note that board resignations are not unusual,another current one being because of the common issue of workload and availability to give full attention.

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  5. baxter () says:

    I must say I came to the same conclusion as Mr Fulford. I like Rodney as a leader and orator, but Im no liberal or libertarian. I still don’t know where a conservative is supposed to go.

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  6. Mike Readman () says:

    Big deal. If I’m not mistaken, there was a tie in the orginal vote for board member of that region. The other candidate can take over, they have basically the same mandate.

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  7. TIC () says:

    ACT has more than a few problems, one is that Douglas-Richardson style economic policies are not vote winners. So this guy jumped. He may well be doing his party a favour. it seems all he is concerned with is a Roger Douglas personality cult.

    The biggest problem for Act is that idiot heading the National Party at present who while entertaining the idea of working with that demagoge Peters totally failed to recognise and nurture their most viable coalition partner.

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  8. iiq374 () says:

    It’s hardly a state secret.
    And yet if you read the comments on your own blog I’m guessing you would realise it actually is a secret from most of the population. Either that or the meaning of Libertarian is.

    I’m still 50/50 as to which.

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