David Seymour asks why the government needs to provide holidays when you can already buy them online

Seymour suggested employees could even choose to take all of their annual holidays on the same day, which could even have the added bonus of helping them not lose their job.

Seymour suggested employees could choose to take all of their annual holidays on the same day, which could even have the added bonus of helping them not lose their job.

ACT Party leader and star of recent Three mockumentary series Dancing with the Stars has questioned the need for government mandated public holidays, saying that in the modern world, holidays are already widely available on the internet.

“There was a time when a holiday wasn’t that easy to come by, I understand that,” said Seymour today, as he took several hours off work to practice the cha-cha in his office. “But in the modern world, with travel agencies, websites, snap deals, and that Trivago lady, they’re honestly everywhere.

“Why do I – as a taxpayer – need the government to provide me a holiday when I can get one to Bali for just $1200 on a specific date in five years time?”

Seymour said there were “all kinds of packages” and kiwis were hardly starved for choice.

“There’s so many holidays available that they even pop up when you don’t want to see them, on your Facebook, in your email, signs at the mall.

“I think people should be able to make their own holiday arrangements. We don’t need the Government to tell us when to take the day off.

“I’m just not into the Government telling people how to use their annual leave. What is this? A fascist state?”

Seymour was of course referencing the 1930s regimes of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, who brought terror to their countries by enforcing public holidays on their workers, and in Germany, extra public holidays for Jewish people.

Seymour says it’s ultimately about freedom of choice, and that it would enable people to celebrate holidays “pretty much whenever.”

“It’s actually a positive thing we’re saying,” he said. “We’re telling people, ‘Hey, you don’t have to celebrate Christmas on December 25th if your boss doesn’t want you to.'”