Interesting that the first member of the public to give Key a hard time on the campaign trail was not a Leftie, but an (the?) ACT supporter:
PM hassled on lack of Act ‘deal’
Prime Minister John Key was bailed up by an Act Party member angry that National was not sticking to its side of a “deal” between the two parties.
Morris Hey, Act’s electorate chair in New Plymouth, approached Mr Key at a New Plymouth mall today. He said Act had agreed not to stand in New Plymouth to help National hold the seat. However National was failing to do its part by withdrawing its candidate from Epsom.
Mr Key told Mr Hey to talk to his own party about the issue, and quickly moved on. …
Mr Key has said National was campaigning for the party vote only in Epsom – which is Act’s lifeline to Parliament as it struggles in the polls. However he is yet to give a stronger indication to National voters to vote for Mr Banks, saying it “depends if I’m thirsty” on whether he would have a cup of tea with Banks.
Not sure why Key is toying with ACT like this. They’re already begging in public, what more does he want – Don Brash to balance a biscuit on his nose on the 6 O’Clock news?
Funniest ACT related quote though. John Key, apparently with a straight face, said:
ACT have been very stable, so ACT returning to Parliament is something I’d like to see as opposed to something I wouldn’t like to see.
Yup, the party that imploded into brutal internal back-stabbing, rolled it’s leader for a patently useless Nat cast-off, and fell apart so badly that none of its current MPs are standing again, has been “very stable”. I’m glad we got that cleared up.