It appears Dr Brash somehow feels comfort in fulminating from Orewa.
He needs to learn a lesson or two from John Key, namely that NZ actually is a centre left country governed by a centre right party in coalition with a right wing party and a racially derived special interest party. (The bouffant buffoon from Ohariu doesn't count.)
Dr Brash appears unhappy with the pace of reform. He wants to knock down the barricades and charge into our socialist fortress with his cutlass swinging whereas Jon Key is prepared to play a longer game, conditioning the occupants for the day when they bring themselves to surrender. Already, Mr Key has achieved a major strategic victory just last week with Labour's dramatic U turn on the sale of state assets. The electoral and fiscal significance of this event has gone largely unnoticed by the country's political commentariat. You'd think Dr Brash himself had not heard of this event.
What has Dr brash achieved? Like an old 78 record he has harped back to the past with a couple of politically unsustainable reports and a bit of red neck populism to achieve what? One day's fleeting newspaper headline and the obligatory reference to the Exclusive Brethren.
Dr Brash reminds Adolf of the Japanese Knights of Bushido, epitomized by General Tojo, given to suicidal full frontal assaults while My Key has more of the strategic genius of Admiral Yamamoto.
Perhaps Dr Brash has not realised that since his original speech at Orewa, the sleepy little town has been bypassed by mainline NZ. We all happily pay a toll to avoid Orewa. Instead he prefers to stay with the traffic lights and winding steep roads of the last century, hoping for a reprise of an almost forgotten past moment of glory.
The best thing Don Brash could do is take his dwindling band of National Party supporters and move them back to the ACT Party, where they belong.
August 29 in history
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