The Government's decision to extend 90-day new-employee trials to all businesses was made after a suggestion from the Act Party, and went against the recommendation of its own Minister of Labour, Kate Wilkinson.
The article was intended as a soap box for Trevor Mallard and a hit peice on Labour Mininster Wilkinson.
However, what Adolf finds revealing and intriguing is not the fact that ACT had considerable influence over this decision but rather the fact that this influence was being successfully exerted by Rodney Hide at the very same time some of his caucus colleagues were attempting to denigrate him and his leadership.
All I can say is this can be no better example of getting your policies accepted from within the tent rather than pissing into the tent from outside.
If they are so convinced of their righteousness, Dopey Douglas, Private Roy, Earwig-Derby and Tashkent would do well to go get themselves 50% of the party vote next year. Then they can do what they like. Meanwhile they do neither themselves, ACT, National nor the centre-right any favours.
New Zealand needs a stable sensible government of team players, not a gaggle of self adjudged stars whose massively indulgent egos outstrip their slim reserves of talent.
It seems to me the saner elements of ACT are doing a damned fine job and I look forward to reading of the stables being cleaned and to a strong electoral performance in 2011.