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Another wheel falls off National Act Government

4 December 2013

Another wheel falls off National Act Government

The wheels have well and truly fallen off the National Act Government as the Act Party rejects its sole MP who is also a central part of John Key’s imploding coalition, the Green Party said today.

“Act may be distancing itself from John Banks, but, sadly, New Zealand is stuck with him till the next election,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

“A fundamental player of the National Act Government is so discredited his own party has rejected him.

“It’s impossible to see how this unstable Government can continue wobbling on through to the next election, without real harm being inflicted on the country.

“John Key will try to paint this as business as usual, but the wheels have fallen off and he can’t keep driving the Government with just one right hand wheel.

“John Key is relying on someone facing criminal electoral fraud charges to hold together his Government.

“And even more bizarrely, John Key has suggested that he plans to rely on Colin Craig’s Christian fundamentalists to get a third term of government.

“This is a frightening prospect for most New Zealanders who want a tolerant inclusive progressive nation and a stable government. If John Banks looks bad, look at Colin Craig: he doubts the moon landing happened, is a climate denier, opposes marriage equality, wants adults to have the right to hit kids, and, bizarrely, doesn’t like unisex toilets.

“John Key must explain to New Zealand how he allowed John Banks to have such disproportionate influence on policies that will harm ordinary New Zealanders.

“This one MP has ensured the privatisation of public education through Charter Schools, the sale of NZ Power companies, and the passing of the SkyCity pokies for convention centre deal,” Dr Norman said.

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