People have raved about David Seymour’s interview with Jack Tame setting out what a Government of Real Change looks like, it dominated Kerre Woodham’s show on Monday Morning. What is the message that’s resonating?

One. The absolute state of things.

Two. Yes, it can be fixed. Bad policy is not like bad weather, people can actually change it, and quite quickly with enough political will.

Three. There is a way for voters to show that political will by voting for a real coalition partner.

If you read Free Press, you are probably familiar with the idea that Governments are incompetent in general, and this one in particular is especially bad. We won’t go over it all here, but instead share some of David’s weekend speech.

We live in a country that has a chronic shortage of plasterboard. You cannot make this up. It is a sandwich of cardboard and plaster. The only thing more low-tech is a piece of wood. And yet, somehow, successive Governments made it so complicated to import and install that only one brand gets through the regulatory labyrinth. Now that the nation’s one plasterboard supplier is at capacity, we have the world’s only black market in plasterboard.

What the Government should do, as Brooke van Velden said, is: pass a law saying that Councils must consent whatever brands of Plasterboard MBIE says is equivalent to Gib. Why do we have 5,300 people working at MBIE if they can’t solve such problems?

In nearly every single area of policy, the current Government are taking challenging situations and turning them into disastrous ones. The exception is the obsession with imposing co-Governance. That one is not just misguided but dangerous. If Governments keep telling people to view each other primarily through a racial lens, there is a risk they’ll listen.

The good news is that all of this can be fixed. The Government is now more than likely to change. At the last election Labour and the Greens beat ACT and National by a stonking 25 points (58-33). Today most polls have the right bloc ahead of the left. It’s possible that momentum will stop or reverse. But it’s far more likely that Labour who failed away a 25 point lead in 18 months will keep failing until the election.

No Parliament can bind a future parliament. Therefore yes, with enough political will, it is possible to reverse three waters reforms, the Māori Health Authority, and every other madcap idea that Labour has introduced. More importantly, it will be possible to have a referendum on co-governance, properly defining the principles of the Treaty using democracy instead of the courts. It will be possible to change the future of New Zealand. It’s just a matter of political will.

The final part of the message is that after 25 years, MMP is maturing. It was always supposed to give minorities a say. Today one of the most oppressed minorities that needs a say is the net taxpayer, the landlord, the small business owner, the farmer. Basically anyone trying to make a difference.

The way the polls are, ACT will form a large part of the next Government. The doers can’t be taken for granted if they have their own party. For the first time a National Party would have to genuinely share power while in Government. For the first time they would have to reverse Labour policies rather than babysit them.

Now here’s the hard part. Yes the situation is serious. Yes change is likely at one level. Yes we have a vehicle to make the change real. But there are at least fifteen long months until then, and the country has to get through it.