Ben ‘Blanket Man’ Hana has thrown his loin cloth into the contest for ACT’s leadership. Despite not having any political experience, Blanket Man says he is the man for the job due to his firm commitment to laissez-faire economics, his excellent face recognition, and the virtue that he is not a tired, old, has-been, racist arsehole.
Rodney Hide refused to comment on Hana’s challenge until he joins the party, although an ‘ACToids for Blanket Man‘ Facebook page is already attracting supporters and it is understood that Hana has the backing of key rightwing donors including Alan Gibbs.
Hilary Calvert is understood to be strongly behind Hana’s surprise bid, professing a long-running fondness for blankets and eccentrics with substance abuse problems, which she says stems from her days at Otago Uni.
Pundits were quick to laud Hana as an exciting new leader who makes Don Brash look like warmed-up corned beef.