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Nowhere to Hide

Written By: - Date published: 4:54 pm, April 26th, 2011 - 22 comments
Categories: rodney hide, uncategorized - Tags: ,

John Armstrong:

The political graffiti are now writ large on the wall for Rodney Hide’s leadership of Act after the apparent Easter rising within the party. Hide has to go.

Tracy Watkins:

ACT is now so discredited that even some on the Right Wing are likening Rodney Hide’s stand in Epsom to Hitler’s last days in the bunker.

John Hartevelt:

Why not Brash in charge with Hide in the mix and some pragmatic agreements on joint decision-making around candidates, policy and image? That would require Hide to swallow his pride, but if he really wants the best for his party and he fancies a future that includes a ministerial portfolio, he must use his political brain and make the deal.

And then this wee gem:

ACT president Chris Simmons believes leader Rodney Hide has enough support in the caucus to stay, but says the board would not stand in the way of a change if MPs backed Don Brash’s bid for the leadership.

Right now the only thing standing between Hide and political oblivion are John Boscawen and Hilary Calvert.

Oh dear.

22 comments on “Nowhere to Hide ”

  1. higherstandard 1

    Yay another bunker youtube mash up coming methinks

  2. felix 2

    Good call hs

  3. It’s lamington with one “m”, IB. And there’s a world of difference between being the victim of a complete dickhead (Boscawen) and being a complete dickhead (Calvert). Rather petty to keep using that pic of Boscawen methinks. Keeping talking was a fairly noble thing to do… if that twit had thrown food at me during a political gig, he’d have ended up having a sausage roll enema.

    Actually, if Act want a leader who’s dry in both senses of the word – policy- and personality-wise – rather than recycling Brash they coud do worse than to elect Boscawen. The guy makes up in principles what he lacks in charisma.

    • Hanswurst 3.1

      I think you’re half right on the Boscawen thing. The fellow who threw the lamington was a dickhead from the moment it left his hand. At the point at which it actually hit Boscawen’s head and stuck, however, said thrower became a genius, and that photo deserves all the exposure it can get.

    • IrishBill 3.2

      Fixed it. And yes I agree with you although continuing with the damn thing on your head rather than giving the fella that put it there a clip round the ear is a bit weird.

      That said I think that single-mindedness is why Boscawen will hang himself out to dry and Calvert will jump. As I said a few months ago she’s naturally a Douglas disciple but I think her political naivety has left her a little flat-footed on this play. She’s the one Brash et al should be working on.

      Boscawen as leader would be mint for the left. He’s like Don Brash without the political nous.

      • Lanthanide 3.2.1

        Don Brash doesn’t have any political nous.

        If you listened to Chris Simmons on the radio this morning (and I think it’s quoted in that linked article), Brash first has to become a member of Act (which isn’t even certain to happen), and then he has to lodge a challenge for the leadership 7 days before it will take place.

        Don would have been much better served if he got himself into the party first, potentially as co-leader, before launching this coup.

        • IrishBill

          Don Brash doesn’t have any political nous

          I was making a small joke. Kinda like saying Brash’s like Enoch Powell but without the charm.

  4. Colonial Viper 4

    Guys come on, I WANT Rodney Hide to stay in charge of ACT, there is nothing better than having a totally compromised walking wounded publicly proven hypocrite in charge of that party.
    Stop giving the Righties political advice, will ya 🙂

    On the other hand, perhaps we can help Calvert scheme to get her name at the top of the ACT list 😀

    • Draco T Bastard 4.1

      Guys come on, I WANT Rodney Hide to stay in charge of ACT,

      You seem to have got your wish – Act have rejected Brash’s ultimatum. There is now talk of a new Don Brash, John Banks led right wing party being started which, IMO, proves that the whole Brash thing was a set up by National.

      • Carol 4.1.1

        proves that the whole Brash thing was a set up by National.

        And I recall watching parliament at the end of the Clark government’s last term, as Hide, no doubt fed material from National’s research team & and under National’s guidance, doggedly pursued Winston Peter’s as a way to weaken the Clark government.  What a brutal world Hide lives in!  And now the architects of his good fortune in politics have turned on him.  Winston must be watching it all with a wry smile.

      • Colonial Viper 4.1.2

        proves that the whole Brash thing was a set up by National.

        The talking voices on Radio Live seem to think so. Especially given that Banksie is National Blue through and through.

    • Frank Macskasy 4.2

      Oh, you’re good, you’re verrry good… *doffs hat to Colonial Viper*

  5. joe90 5
    …. two bald men fighting over a comb……anyone?.
  6. At least Don Brash knows we are past peak oil  http://oilcrash.com/articles/pm_agree.htm
    And he sort of condones taking action when you see something wrong
    “If you see a problem in the world and you have the ability to do something about it — then it’s your duty to take action” Don Brash
    He also said something like this , after the walking the plank moment – “It wasn’t Don Brash Walking the plank, it is the world, frankly we are running out of oil”
    That might not go down to well with the ACT team “What global warming?”

  7. korero 7

    Brash would not have gone public without being confident of his support.
    Those thinking that Hide can rely on Calvert and Boscawen should be condemned to watch repeats of the US show ‘Survivor’ to understand the finer points of a tactic known as ‘blind siding’, previously referred to as betrayal.
    Follow the money.

  8. The Voice of Reason 8

    A slightly dodgy poll, given that National are not named in the question, but it’s not good news for Rodders.

    • Carol 8.1

      It asked: “If a candidate were standing in Epsom with the aim of being a coalition partner for National would you prefer that candidate to be?” It offered as the options John Banks, Rodney Hide or would not vote for either.

      And what a blatant attempt to game the system!

      • ianmac 8.1.1

        And: “Banks was backed by 35 per cent, down slightly on an earlier poll, while Hide was backed by 14 per cent. Don’t knows made up 24 per cent.”
        Equals 73%. Not good maths Act.

        • PeteG

          I’ve seen a copy of the poll results but can’t find it now. Remarkably for a three option question like that the rest of the numbers were spread across other parties with a couple of percent for no response.

          • wtl

            Surely then those numbers should be put in ‘would not vote for either’? Which makes it 35% Banks, 14% Hide, 51% neither. Haha, I guess thats why they chose to categorise those responses instead.

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