The appointment of former ACT Party president Catherine Isaac to lead a trial of charter schools has been described as “disturbing”.
Isaac, who was number two on ACT’s list in last year’s election, is the wife of the late Business Round Table head Roger Kerr and has been tipped as the next leader of the party.
Trials of charter schools will be carried out in Auckland and Christchurch as part of ACT’s support agreement with the National-led Government.
Isaac will lead an implementation committee which is likely to consist of another four members.
Quote not so much as a comment on charter schools, but as a reminder that, although ACT and its leading lights affect the language of the free-market and private sector, their permanent place in the actual economy is in the nexus between government and business, and most of their income seems to come from tax-payer funded sources. (We last saw Issac as a member of the Welfare Working Group, advocating the privatization of the entire welfare system.)
Update: Isaac defends her appointment:
She denied it was politically motivated.
“I would dispute that. I’m not an idealog. I’m interested in what works.
What ‘works’ always happens to involve the taxpayer handing over gigantic amounts of cash to private companies that enjoy a close relationship with the ACT Party. How much longer do we have to put up with these parasites?