Who said Rodney Hide can't dance? Is he the Sugar Plum Fairy? You bet he is now.
Under his guidance, ACT this week-end has sidestepped with twinkle toes the biggest single danger facing it's political future. The prospect of a frustrated Sir Roger exploding himself out of the caucus with maximum collateral damage to all parties - National and ACT. It was neatly done by giving ACT MPs a conscience vote on all matters other than confidence and supply. Adolf detects here the behind the scenes influence of John Key, strategist par excellence.
If that's not the greatest political quickstep I've seen for a while, I don't know what is. Now Sir Roger can have free reign to express himself and to vote as he wishes without causing any serious repercussions for the coalition. Meanwhile Rodney can continue to abide by cabinet collective responsibility. A brilliant move.
Everybody wins. Except Labour that is.
It won't do National any harm to know it has to work a little harder to make sure it has individual members' support for legislation and it will do much to allow ACT to further capitalise on National's move toward the political centre.
August 29 in history
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