Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
The National Party has re-elected Peter Goodfellow to the board and therefore likely to the presidency. Democracy at the conference has spoken but I fear that delegates know not what they do. Sure I picked wrong, but it is a sorry state if we all must nod and kow-tow in agreement and I am not bitter at the result. in three years time we will see who was proved right.
Peter Goodfellow , as a result of short-sighted and frankly collaborative voteing, will likely now be retained for the presidency, not for another year to see if he improves as I am sure a lot of delegates think, but at least for the next three years. Why?
Because Peter Goodfellow has been re-elected to the board for a new term. He will not have to stand again until 2013. Next year is election year and therefore the party will not want to have a change at the board or presidential level during election year. What that means is that Peter Goodfellow is now the president of the National Party at least until 2013.
After a day of insults, threats, opprobrium and malice, and after a vote which saw dullness, mediocrity and sloth rewarded, the National Party can no longer enjoy my full support. I will not tolerate meddling from political staffers in my private arrangements, I will not bow to threats of banning from the party, and I will not tolerate the subjugation of truth and honesty in the interests of expediency.
I could stay and piss from the inside of the tent, or I can leave and piss into the tent from the outside. I choose to leave and piss in from the outside rather than adhere to bullying and threats. Individual MPs that I enjoy conversing with will retain my support, all others are are now on a take it is it comes basis.
I am now officially a right of centre, but non-aligned blogger. All troughing MPs no matter the party are my targets, all venal, corrupt, and mendacious politicians of any colour, team and flavour are now my targets. There are no favours except for my friends, few though those are.
Make no mistake, I no longer belong to any party. I will never again be banned for speaking the truth. I will stand up for honesty and truth in politics and I will tell the story not some spin muppet.