And they're going to do what?

Labour says it will fight tooth and nail “against the agenda of Don Brash and John Key”.

 

So what have they been doing up to now? Has the “opposition” now decided to oppose?

 

What has it been doing up to now? Frankly Phil Goff’s response is pathetic. He should be more worried about members of his caucus who watch with incredulity as Don Brash took out the leadership in well executed and bold coup instead of their piss-weak gutless attempt that ended in smiles and guffaws.

Peter Dunne isn’t much better.

Don Brash’s successful hostile takeover of ACT today may well delight one in twenty voters, but alarm bells will be ringing for the other nineteen, UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne said today.

What Dunne should be afraid of is Don Brash sitting down with his coup strategy team and deciding to turn their attentions to his blight on the face of politics. Katrina Shanks is hopeless, she can’t beat Dunne. A good ACT candidate could take National’s vote in Ohariu and send Dunne to oblivion. He was first elected in 1984, and an acolyte of Roger Douglas. It is high time that those first elected in the 80s were retired.

The same team that out thought Rodney Hide and have shown that they are quite prepared to duke it out with realpolitik could certainly work to undermine Dunne over the next 7 months.

With Don Brash’s bold coup the face of New Zealand politics is changed forever. It can now never be said that you can’t take over a party and lead it from outside parliament, it can never be said that you can’t take over a party leadership when you aren’t even a member.

What can be said is that you can if you say you can, and then do it. There are many politicians in every party that are sitting there tonight reading this and shaking their heads in stunned wonderment at the audacity and the success of Don Brash who simply was brave, honest and daring. They will be looking and wondering…can they be so bold?

 

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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