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2:52 pm, August 18th, 2010 - 13 comments
Categories: act, election 2011, john key, national, national/act government, rodney hide, roger douglas - Tags: authoritarianism, heather roy, john boscawen, schism
So Rodney can’t keep 4 other people on side. The liberal and authoritarian split in Act has had its blood-letting and the authoritarians have won. No longer will Act be the party of liberal ideological principle.
You may not have agreed with them, but under ‘Mad Dog’ Prebble and Sir Roger, Act was a party of ideas. Under Rodney however they have moved to simple authoritarian right-wing populism. And with Heather Roy daring to challenge his brittle ego by (correctly) questioning his right to some of her classified defence papers, Rodney had his excuse to act. Rodney and Garrett vs Roger and Roy. By giving the power to Boscawen Rodney could be sure of swinging the party his way.
And Rodney has now secured his power. Without ideas, the party will never reach the 5% threshold, so it is entirely dependent on him winning Epsom. He can forever more say: it’s my way or the highway; it will become his personality vehicle, like NZ First was Winston’s. The question remains though: where will the neo-liberal idealogues go?
Another question also arises: how will Epsom react in a year’s time when DonKey asks them to take their lumps and elect his right-wing monkey?
No longer can they elect Mr Hide in the hope of getting Dr Jekyll. Instead they get an anti-science jackbooted thug who wants to re-legalise child assault. Someone so keen on “lock ’em up” that we’ll spend more on prisons than on their Remuera pensions. Someone who imposed his anti-democratic vision of a SuperCity on them. Someone too focussed on those populist authoritarian things to worry about implementing rich Epsom’s economic “freedoms” to exploit others with their wealth.
So how will Epsom respond? Does DonKey risk Epsom going red by not giving them another option? Because a lot of Epsom will just want A N Other.