Deborah Coddington putting the boot in, ACT certainly doesn't need any enemies. You can read her diatribe here http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10713657
Clearly Debs and Rodney have issues but clearly also she has become to ACT what Sue Bradford was to the Greens ... an embarrassment and a wasted space.
For me, and while some of the more visceral comments directed at National by Actoids are offensive, the simple reality is that in an MMP environment National needs coalition partners ... and ACT is one of those partners. We can agree on many things. We can agree to disagree on the pace of change.
We should not get mesmerised by the stellar polling enjoyed by John Key and National right now. Times change and the political pendulum swings and if National is to win a third term we will need ACT there especially given the likelihood that United Future will disappear into the dustbin of history and that, post Phil Goff and under new leadership, there will be some sort of rapprochement between Labour and the Maori Party.
It will be a very big call for National to heed Coddington's advice and campaign hard for Epsom. It is not a decision the Board will make easily or quickly and especially not on the advice of a woman scorned.