Former ACT party leader Rodney Hide has criticised current leader David Seymour in a letter published on the Breaking Views website today.
According to the ACT party website, the guiding principles of the party are:
That it is inherent in the nature of human beings as individuals that they are the owners of their own lives and must be free to act according to their own judgments so long as they accept and respect the like freedom of others;
Freedom of thought, conscience, religion, belief, and expression including the right to adopt, hold opinions, and express those opinions, is essential to a free society and must be promoted, protected, and preserved;
That the proper purpose of government is to enact and enforce laws, and to take such action as may be necessary to secure freedom of the individual from the actions of others, including those others who constitute the government, which could constrain individuals from exercising ownership of their own.
Yet writing from the comfort and safety of his Beehive bunker, Seymour derided the protesters, even though they would appear to be exercising the same rights expounded by ACT in its principles.
It was then that Hide hit back with his letter – read the full text here.