With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. This time around, a couple of parliamentary Undersecretary posts in education and regulatory reform have been thrown in, plus an annual salary of $175,000 while he learns the ropes. Shouldn’t Seymour at least be put on a 90 day trial before he gets his hands on that sort of serious moolah?
It would be for his own good, really. At this rate, Act is never going to learn how to make its own way in the world. It is going backwards. The Act Party got only 14,510 party votes nationwide on election night 2014, a 40% decrease on the 23,889 votes it won at the 2011 election. It’s the benefit trap in action, eroding motivation. It has been nearly 20 years since Richard Prebble first had Wellington Central handed to him on a plate by Jim Bolger, and Act has been on life support ever since. First Prebble, then Rodney Hide and John Banks in Epsom, and now David Seymour. Someone really should tell Paula Bennett about these guys. If Bennett wants a classic example of intergenerational welfare dependency… there it is, grinning shyly at her across the Cabinet table. Four whole generations of Act Party politicians, with no incentive to look elsewhere than to National for their next handout. Read the rest of this entry »