Recently Irish Bill wrote on the Nats’ dilemma in Epsom. Throw a lifeline to the execrable Rodney Hide and his party of loons, or the riskier option of winning Epsom for themselves and doing without the baggage of ACT.
Looks like the deal is now done, and predictably Key has decided that he needs ACT’s numbers (however small):
Key hints Epsom seat safe for Hide
Prime Minister John Key has given the strongest indication yet that National will not try to win the Epsom seat from sitting MP and Act leader Rodney Hide in the November election.
Mr Key said last night the primary emphasis in Epsom would be the party vote.
He said at his post-Cabinet press conference that Act had been very “supportive and loyal to National as a support partner in the National-led Government”.
So the Nats will stand a sacrificial muppet. Wonder what Winston will do?
No doubt all those eager defenders of the intricacies of our democracy who were so quick to criticise Labour for encouraging some list members not to take up a vacancy will be outraged by this manoeuvre. National and ACT colluding to game the electoral system?!! Not offering the voters a proper choice? It shouldn’t be allowed! In full expectation of the outrage tsunami, I am now holding my breath…