Last week may turn out to be a very good week for the ACT Party.
It was the week during which the backroom shenanigans by the old goat and the young mother were revealed and which shenanigans appear to have cemented party leader Rodney Hide in place.
He now has a chance to clean out the stables and look to the party's Board to bring in to its list some candidates with more widespread appeal and political common sense. (Douglas and Roy have done their dashes.)
People like Shaun Plunkett maybe? (He's likely to be looking for a job.)
Or maybe Dr Chris deFreitas?
Which brings me to the second reason it was a very good week for ACT.
Copenhagen and John Key's childlike adherence to the rapidly crumbling and discredited mantra of the Global Warmenisers and their vast conspiracy of junk science, media manipulation and wealth transfer on a giant scale.
ACT needs only to hold its head high and campaign hard on it's opposition to the hot air and horse shit from Copenhagen; make the repeal of the ridiculous ETS a central plank of its 2011 campaign, get a few decent candidates on its list, put up John Bascowan for a win in Tamaki electorate and it's a shoe in for ten percent party vote in 2011 to go alongside two electorate seats. Hell, if ACT campaigned on the repeal of the ETS they'd get MY party vote.
If it was really brave it would also campaign to lift the MMP threshold from five percent to eight or even ten percent. (Good night Greens.)
Those two issues alone must be worth at least five percent party vote out in mainland 'feet on the ground' New Zealand.
That's the way to vault out of the nether world of political tail on the dog and become a party of substance and serious influence.
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