New ACT leader likely to upset egalitarians and Christians

The new ACT leader – formerly a philosophy lecturer at Oxford University – has made comments which could alienate egalitarians and Christians. In defending public comments supporting incest Mr Whyte has moved well beyond ACT’s policy position and into his own views. His attacks on Christians and Catholics in particular won’t help build electoral support for a party which used to have conservative voters. Mr Whyte also seems set to alienate corporates who believe in philanthropy. I do not underestimate Mr Prebble’s organising ability. But there is a real prospect that ACT is about to find out the genuine level of kiwi support for its policies.


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