Faulty Analysis from John Hartevelt

On his way to the ACT leadership Brash has burnt up an awful lot of goodwill. ACT was already a party possessed of bitter divisions, and there is little to suggest Brash will be able to quickly smooth those over. In fact, the audacity of his coup has probably, in places, made the ructions worse. Hide’s resignation, which so far appears to be gracious, should help, but Brash is far from a perfect candidate.

John shows how hopelessly out of touch with ACT he is. Rodney had slowly killed off the membership to near the legal limit of 500, and those remaining are not exactly luminaries of the party’ past. As pointed out earlier Don will bring back many old members, as well as voters and donors.

Politics is about survival and the ACT caucus know they were screwed with Rodney. They will fall in behind Don because it is in their best interests, and having so efficiently dismissed Rodney caucus will know that if they get in the way Don will kill off their careers quickly. Self preservation and fear are powerful motivators, and the combination of these will see few internal ructions.


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  • “if they get in the way Don will kill off their careers quickly”

    Lets hope he gets rid of all of those rosy cheeked faux libertarians fresh out of uni and without two cents to rub together, and who think homosexual marriage is the issue of the century.

    • lowercaseusername

      I don’t think there’s any harm in getting people fresh out of uni, provided they know what things like ‘inflation’ are, unlike some of the YL crowd I have run into on my travels. It wouldn’t kill ACT to get some younger blood in there. I went to the ACT site and looked into membership today. I hadn’t done that before. What Don does now will decide what I do next.

    • Careful Red. You’ll have Clint and all the other homeless Libz down here abusing you soon

  • heyjude

    “Self preser­va­tion and fear are pow­er­ful moti­va­tors, and the com­bi­na­tion of these will see few inter­nal ructions.”

    And when it comes to the Party members, a leader who provides clear, principled direction will see them all pulling together rather than apart”.
    ACT REJUVENATED! Bring it on. Can’t wait.

  • ltchop

    In lock step with the ‘leader’ mmm reminiscent of certain fellow – shall we just add the little smudge above the lip. When first established ACT was so much better than this – it attracted people of the full political spectrum a chance of a true reform party not of the right or left or politics as usual. Sadly now that vision has long gone – all that is left is a it is a butt partner for National. That is what they wanted ACT to be when it was formed and now that is what we now have.

  • clintheine

    Not at all Gantt, if you and Russell Redbaiter want to get it on I have absolutely no objection to it at all. You obviously share so many interests and take the same meds.