However, John Armstrong this morning has published almost all I would have had to say.
Sadly, I too think this is the end of ACT. A party torn apart by internecine squabbling, the appointment of candidates who just were not up to the job and of late, I'm very sorry to say, leadership that was simply not up to standard. I'm afraid you just can't have a leader who regularly has to go public and tell people he screwed up. As you go into the polling place on election day your subconscious mind keeps asking you "What will he fuck up next?"
Armstrong highlights the risk for National in the demise of a reliable coalition partner on the right but equally National can't afford to be seen 'managing' or 'meddling in' ACT's affairs.
About the only thing that can save Act from extinction would be for Hide to step down and Don Brash - or someone of like stature - be installed as the party's leader outside Parliament while Boscawen retains the deputy-leadership inside......
.......Fanciful stuff maybe. But such lateral thinking is desperately required on Act's and National's part if Act is to survive and cater for a minority on the right, thereby allowing National more latitude to hug the centre.
That's the best piece of political analysis you'll ever see.
The insertion of Dr brash is the 'nuclear option' but Adolf can't see Dr Brash being silly enough to take it on. Why on earth would he want to endure the horrors of dealing with venomous fools like Roy, Tashcoff, Douglas, Earwig-Jones and Mallard? No, Dr Brash already has indicated a preference for a quieter relaxed lifestyle. Wise man.
The alternative is to let Act die and set up a new party on the right. That may be easier. For Act, the last 12 months have been disaster after disaster.
Now that's more like it! Such a party doesn't really need to be properly bedded in until the 2014 election and Epsom will provide the safety net for 2011.
Here, Adolf has some invaluable advice for the Gnats. Have John Boscowan resign from ACT and join a new party, standing for election in Epsom. Persuade Buck Shelford to be the party figurehead and put him in at No 1 on the list. His mere presence would ensure the magical five percent party vote. And the name of the new party?
THE BUCK PARTY