ACT leader Jamie Whyte has told TVNZ’s Q+A show that New Zealand should do absolutely nothing about climate change. The problem is a global one, and New Zealand is too small to make any sort of difference.
The message from ACT is that if you’re a small player, you have no business trying to tackle large problems. Leave it to the big boys. They have the power to do something about it.
It’s a compelling argument. The ACT Party is itself a tiny party, a small player in a parliament dominated by two parties. It holds less than 1% of the seats in Parliament, and regularly registers at or under 1% in the opinion polls.
What business, then, does ACT have telling the public how the country should be run? Surely the message here is that if you’re small, you should shut up and let the big boys do the talking.
So will ACT Party leader Jamie Whyte follow his own advice? I don’t want to hear another word from him before the election.