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12:15 pm, April 27th, 2011 - 26 comments
Categories: act, leadership, polls, rodney hide, roger douglas - Tags: don brash
The current Herald poll has the preferred ACT leadership at 61% in favour of Brash. Consider that result against a backdrop of Hide’s taxpayer-funded trips to Disney for his girlfriend, the Heather Roy debacle, the David Garrett fiasco, the constant, merciless undermining and treachery from Roger Douglas, perceived responsibility for Auckland’s Supershity, John Banks polling twice as well as Hide with Epsom voters – and ACT consistently polling well below 5%. It all sums to a realization that Rodney Hide is vote poison, leaving ACT’s leader unelectable and in need of replacement – just at a time when the far right are threatening to mount a new party to compete with ACT if Brash isn’t selected to replace Hide. Yes folks, the leadership of our very own Antipodean Il Duce will soon be swinging from a tree.
It leaves me wondering – what jobs are there for an unemployed Hide? I doubt he’ll be in the running for any plumb SOE chairs like Jim Bolger, and jobs at the UN are usually reserved for competent people. Jenny Shipley went in to the HR business and Mike Moore became a WTO lapdog.
But what next for Rodney?
Fran recommends he becomes the next Roger Kerr:
I’d vote for that!
What next for Rodney?
In future he will work out who really is his friend and who his friends are loyal to. Hide will learn about the meaning of karma, what goes around comes around.
Dr Brash is no fool when it comes to friendship. It is now clear on why Douglas and Roy did not punish Hide over Garrett. No doubt the friendship between Brash and Douglas came up with the plan to unseat Hide and it only required a bit of patience to test the waters on the consistent low rating of Act for the plan to succeed.
What about a reality show judge? He knows the system from personal experience, and he’ll get a certain amount of satisfaction in seeing other people voted off the island.
Dance instructor? He can do no worse than he has as Minister of Local Government …
It isn’t just Rodney that’s “vote poison”, ACT is intrinsically vote poison.
A very small number of NZers are wealthy enough to buy into the mantra of untrammelled neo-liberalism that ACTs core policies represent. Wrapping them with bigotry and fear (as Hide and Garrett etc. have done) brings in a few thousand backwoods falangists, but drives out the libertarians). Lose the authoritarianism, and the kids who want to take drugs and think they’ll be rich one day might return, but the falangists will go.
Either way, they won’t go over 3%.
Yep, what about what’s next for a Brash Act?
Act have two major tasks – to try and retain Epsom, and to try and retain a reasonable amount of the party vote. They might have polled on Hide v Banks in Epsom, but did they poll on how it might affect the party vote for Act? And even if they had done that they won’t know what the effect of the past few days of Brash blunderbuss would have had.
Between dead babies identities, being rort busted, misogyny and the super city mess ACT are terminal, kaput and all Crosby Textors horses could not put it back together again. And good riddance.
What I am surprised is the lack of MSM comments on National essentially taking apart ACT for its own purposes. Labour has never had this ability. The parties of the left are far too proud to be pushed around the way that ACT has. But good to see the rats swimming like crazy hoping to somehow stay alive.
Do you think New Zealand politics and parliament will be the poorer for not having a sound right-ish small party? Act seem to have lost any chance of achieving that role.
At least the Greens seem to have done a good job of providing some semblance of stability on the left.
If ACT actually represented what they said thyey did, and didn’t sell out to SST for teh asian vote, there would be a place for them.
Frankly, it’s refreshing that Brash might end up a big fishie in a tiny wee pond all of his own – quite a fall for a guy who came that close to being PM.
Yep, I don’t know if he has any idea that, if he succeeds, how frustratingly little power he will have in the big pond.
wodney is about to be obliviated.
this is a factual statement.
Next High Commissioner to Futuna, Bougainville, or Mauritius ?
He’ll be given some kind of package to keep him sweet.
If he quickly becomes yesterday’s man, that may not be necessary.
What I find interesting is the 10% gap between those who say Don Brash should be leader of ACT but that they don’t think he would make a good one on the two polls in stuff. It is interesting that so high a proportion think the best leader is someone who will do a bad job.
It’s Act – I suppose a lot of people just don’t really care if they have a good leader.
Given their policies and programme, I want them to have the worst Leader possible.
What’s in store for Rodney? Not much. He had his one shot at representing the wealthy elite and he blew it.
Remember election night when we all saw it go straight to his head immediately? Yeah. He never got past that initial rush.
Bye Rodney, it’s fun watching you fuck up your own life after working so hard to fuck up everyone else’s.
Would you like fries with that? Or maybe rentabully have an opening.
he’ll become a professional dancer of course
Dropped someone on national tv, didn’t he? Or was that someone else?
He’ll be appointed to run a taskforce to see what measures the government should adopt to ensure we can close the quality of living gap New Zealand currently has with Zimbabwe……….
Alan Gibbs will find another job for him.
Stick him in a concrete pot out on his art farm.
Got a better idea. Cover him with plaster of paris and make him stand still until it dries. Then he’s got a mould and can make lots of Rodney Hides. Then he can paint them different colours and plant himself all over the fffffffff…. art farm.
He’d be quite good in a Noddy hat and he could be a fishing Rod at the side of a pool.
Why on earth would a honourable guy like Rodney who has done a good job with the restructuring of Auckland want to associate with race baiters like Don Brash and fascist lovers like Muriel Newman and Debrorah Coddington who glory in the provincial reaction of low grade ordinary man. I study the beautiful black centefolds in playboy, in bars and clubs and Rhianna, unspeakable in her beauty and I think any person who supports Brash is beyond any level of contempt and should be stripped of voting and jury rights immediately. I actually like Hide and Brashes desire to drive him from his party shows Brash is an idiot savant.