According to TVNZ, Rodney Hide was questioning today whether his dumped deputy Heather Roy would be able to cope staying on as an MP – signaling she’ll find it extremely difficult. That’s a contrast with last week when the line was that she’d be welcomed back into the caucus, despite any tension.
It also seems like Mr Hide is doing some planning ahead, talking to Roy’s potential replacement – Dunedin businesswoman Hilary Calvert. She has traveled to Wellington and will meet with party bosses. she told TVNZ:
Calvert: “I have spoken with the Act Party to the extent of them having an understanding that if there was an opportunity there I would step up,”
Can I suggest Ms Calvert reads the post over on Pundit, where a former ACT staffer offers some additional insight into the state of the ACT caucus. David Young says:
When I worked for the ACT parliamentary caucus as a press secretary from 2001-2003, the party had nine MPs. At any one time, a majority of them genuinely and quite fervently believed that they should be leader. …But it didn’t stop behind-the-scenes battles. At one point, a newspaper ran speculation about ACT’s pending list ranking. It was obvious from the number of unattributed quotes that most of the MPs or their supporters had made off-the-record comments backstabbing the others…
But even by ACT standards, Hide was not a team player. He seemed to waste little of his considerable charm on his caucus colleagues. He was an excellent attack politician who knew how to create and maintain pressure quite mercilessly on his targets – yet he could be thin-skinned himself. I found that he could be both forceful and demanding, but also generous and thoughtful….While he underwent an astounding physical makeover, I’m not sure he ever really transformed into becoming a team player. The question now is what price he’ll end up paying for not creating a more cohesive working environment.
Guess the answer to that question is yes!