Most of the time, New Zealand is “Outside the Asylum”: free of laws and regulations that a reasonable person would consider crazy. That all changes at Easter, when in the space of one weekend:
The ACT party has never really stood for anything. Even in its early days when Prebble and Douglas were setting the direction, in the public eye it was mostly a vehicle for yelling about tougher prison sentences, lower tax, and less positive discrimination. This inconsistent set of policies turned it into the Big Meanie Party and let the media reduce it to nothing more than a mini-National, but meaner.