Don Brash has thrown his hat in the ring for leadership of the ACT party according to the dominon post and, with an ACT council meeting next Saturday, I’d say the challenge is a serious one.
It’s understandable that ACT would want rid of Hide – he’s basically a rolling fiasco of corrupt incompetence – but he is still the only member of the ACT party to hold an electorate seat. Which means without him there is no ACT in parliament.
I’m assuming that Hide quitting the party to stay as an independent (and make no mistake he’s narcissistic enough to pull the pin) wouldn’t result in the other ACT MPs losing their seats as we’re well past writ day.
But going into the election as a party that’s only bankrolled by the taxpayer by some quirk of MMP and that is led by a failed National party MP isn’t exactly my idea of a strong campaign platform.
Of course the only leverage Hide has to keep his sweet deal in Epsom is his ability to pull a few more MPs in with him. If Hide is only worth one vote to the Nats there’s no way they’ll keep him.
The way I figure it if ACT put Brash up as leader they’ll also have to stand him in Epsom. And I suspect he’d be a lot safer there than the humiliating clown they’ve got at the moment.
Either way Rodney is fighting with his back to the wall.
This’ll be interesting.