As the party faithful arrived … they were greeted with a rousing speech from former leader Rodney Hide, who attacked the media.
“The media won’t know what you’re talking about,” he says. “They think you have horns, hate the poor, hate Maori, hate the unions – well, that’s true.”
Fearing that comment would make the news, MC Jim Hopkins asked Mr Hide to reconsider. “There was a moment when you said we hate the poor, hate the Maoris, hate everything, and it’s true,” says Mr Hopkins. I was just wondering if you’d like to revisit that.”
He refused, and took direct aim at 3 News. “Probably not here, TV3 news, because they’re on a tight budget,” says Mr Hide. “Oh they are – bastards!”
Well there you have it, straight from the horse’s arse, so to speak. The “rejuvenation” of ACT is as big a joke as the party itself. You 0.1% ACT supporters must be so proud.
(Update: I’ve been puzzling over Rodney’s motivation in this bizarre outburst – I wonder if he consciously used his pulpit to torpedo the “rejuvenation” of the party that dumped him. Just a thought….)