Monday, March 16, 2009

Fancy Footwork

Who said Rodney Hide can't dance? Is he the Sugar Plum Fairy? You bet he is now.

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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.

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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.

8 comments:

KG said...

For sure, Adolf. A brilliant tactical move.

Anonymous said...

Everybody wins. Except Labour that is

Yep. Because Roger Douglas is going to be voting against the government - with the Labourite Unionist scum

yeah. big win that one.


only good news is: at least ACT MPs don't have to rely on the heath system to fix the big holes in their feet!

Anonymous said...

just heard Sir Roger speaking at a lunch Whatever the criticsim many of the things he says do make good common sense. Trouble is we have so many driven by blind hatred of the man rather than discuss and debate his ideas they just want to moan and whine . As i and others have said time and again If what he and Prebs and Caygill did in the mid 80s was so wrong how come no government has reversed their policies over the past 20 years. Always get silence when you ask that question. Cant help feeling he will be proved right yet again and the current lots spend and hope will be shown to be the wrong way out of the hole we are in

gd

Anonymous said...

If what he and Prebs and Caygill did in the mid 80s was so wrong

It was not wrong: it was absolutely correct.

how come no government has reversed their policies over the past 20 years.

Duh! Hellen and co have reversed every single one of Roger's policies --- all the while saying they were keeping them. Clearly you missed things like the minimum wage, reintroduction of unions, privitisations of AirNZ, KiwiRail, KiwiBank...

and on and on and on.

Helen said: we'll leave Roger's legacy and promptly demolished it all

Key said: we'll keep Roger's legacy - and have do absolutely nothing to bring it back again!


If you want to hear more of Roger, funnily enough the best place is RadioSocialism's "Focus on Politics" - they've had extended quotes from Roger in the last N episodes.

James said...

Yep. Because Roger Douglas is going to be voting against the government - with the Labourite Unionist scum"

Yeah....like that will happen.And then only if the scum happen to be in the right and National in the wrong....which is a very likely possibility...

Anonymous said...

like that will happen

If it's not going to happen, they why are ACT protecting their pathetic "individual consciences".

Sorry Sir Fucking Roger: you are a List MP this time around. You are elected to represent ACT voters.

Until we get back to a democratic electoral system, MPs voting their "conscience" rather than the policies upon which they were elected is frankly the kind of treason only found in the Labour party.

.And then only if the scum happen to be in the right and National in the wrong....which is a very likely possibility...

Nope. The scum are never in the right. National may be in the wrong, but the Labourist, Unionist scum are never in the right.

James said...

Labour were right on prostitution reform.That was setting right a major wrong.

They should have got gay marriage done too while they were about it....

Anonymous said...

Prostitution yes. Gay marriage no.