ACT and Epsom.
Seriously, why doesn’t National just take the bloody seat and have it over with?
Act leadership contender and former MP John Boscawen says he will spend the next week trying to highlight the risks of picking someone without his political and parliamentary experience, and highlighting his own experience.
But he believes that his opposition, Jamie Whyte, a former Cambridge University philosophy lecturer and management consultant, has the edge over him at this stage of the race.
“This is not a slam dunk.”
The contest will be decided by the nine members of the Act board on February 2.
Party funder and millionaire Alan Gibbs held an invitation-only forum for candidates and members last Saturday at his farm on the Kaipara Harbour.
Mr Boscawen says as well as campaigning as leader, he will make a strong case for the next leader also being the party’s candidate for Epsom.
Apart from ACT not being true to its principles for at least four elections, and suffering from public infighting and back stabbing by intellectual and political light weights, it has had the remarkable track record of not quite dying due to National’s accommodating attitude.
But they have finally run out of A-list name recognition super stars. Â I mean, Boscowen for Epsom? Â Can you see the rush to the polls? Â Read more »