Well this is a bit sad. Rodney Hide is now publicly begging for his political life:
National needs us, Hide tells supporters
Act leader Rodney Hide has sent a message to the National Party, saying it could lose power if it fails to give him an easy ride in the Epsom electorate next year.
That’s pretty naked isn’t it. Rodney wants an easy ride. Why is he reduced to this?
Mr Hide spoke in Wellington yesterday at the first Act Party regional conference since David Garrett resigned following revelations he had used a dead baby’s identity to get a false passport when he was in his 20s.
Mr Hide did not refer to that episode or the demotion in the weeks before it of Heather Roy as Act’s deputy leader. However, Act’s troubles have prompted increasing speculation that National could stand a strong candidate against him next year to reclaim the Epsom seat in Auckland.
Ohh that’s right, because his dysfunctional party of economic and environmental loony-tunes has publicly self-destructed. Because Rodney got his shot at the big time and blew it all on perks and arrogance. Sad. Meanwhile in other news:
Epsom tipped as place for comeback
Defeated Super City mayoral candidate John Banks says he is taking time to reflect on his future, but people around him expect his name will quickly return to public prominence.
One possibility suggested is Mr Banks standing for the National Party next year in Epsom against Act leader Rodney Hide.
Oh you lucky, lucky Epsom voters. What a choice.