Transtasman’s 8th Annual Roll Call has been a bit cruel:
Simpson, Scott – Coromandel: We predicted last year he was unlikely to makeÂ an impact. We were right. Â 2
This is very unfair on my old mate Scott. He has three decades of fronting up to boring National Party meetings, glad handing the blue rinse brigade and getting involved in every shit fight possible at huge personal cost to protect the party.
Scott is the one National MP capable of the kind of low bastardry that Russel Norman shows, and is well practiced at the dark arts. He taught me huge amounts about meeting Labourâ€™s dirty and illegal tactics with our own dirty and illegal tactics, and I will always remember the 1987 Eden campaign as a highlight where he helped me grow up and understand how brutal politics really is.
Everyone knows cabinet doesnâ€™t trust Scott but that shouldnâ€™t matter. Low bastardry should be prized, not spurned, and Scott should be asked to run the attacks on Labour as he is a genius at negative campaigning.
National should be doing more to protect Scott from the rumoured Labour/Greens dodgy deal to unseat him in Coromandel.