The Sunday Star Times reported yesterday that ACT had “snapped up” former Brash advisor Peter Keenan, one of the lead stars of Nicky Hager’s The Hollow Men.
The Hollow Men revealed, among other things, that Mr Keenan counselled Dr Brash to campaign on populist issues such as law and order and the Treaty of Waitangi “gravy train”, rather than his desire to sell state assets, increase the age of entitlement for superannuation, introduce education vouchers and further privatise the health system.
I’ve got to say, it’s a good match. Peter Keenan’s style should fit right in with the “tough on crime” and Rodney-as-celebrity schtick ACT uses to deflect attention from its extreme right-wing economic agenda.
Of course, in a sane world someone with Keenan’s background should be unemployable in New Zealand’s political scene. I guess Rodney Hide really is as shameless as he seems.