Northshore: The Dry Don, Wet Maggie and the Soak

Don Brash has, surprise, surprise, had a change of mind and has decided to stand in a seat.

ACT leader Don Brash has changed his mind about standing in an electorate and has picked North Shore as the place to do so.

The North Shore seat has already attracted media attention for National’s candidate choice of Maggie Barry, a political newcomer and former broadcaster.

Brash says Act’s board  persuaded him to stand on the Shore and seek the party vote, where it believes it has strong support.

”It’s a very important part of the country for us,” Brash said. ”Originally I planned not to stand in any electorate because I felt it was important to travel the countryside to encourage the party vote, and I’m still planning to do that.”

He says he would be delighted if people give the party and himself the tick at the election but  he is primarily after the party vote.

I think Don has had a brain embolism. He should have gone up against a deeply unpopular and ill Allan Peachey. He would have won Tamaki and broken the one seat hoodoo that besets small parties.

So in North Shore now we have Dry Don, Sopping Wet Maggie and The Soak.


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  • So on The Soak’s site there’s a section that say “blog – Keep up to speed with Andrew’s regular blog posts”. Clicking the link diverts to The latest (and only) entry was from 22 August. Has there been a “lost month”? Or has he really only ever had one brain fart in his time as mayor, or subsequently? Or perhaps he harbors a not-so secret desire to unseat Benito Brown at the next mayoral election?

    As usual with The Soak, more questions (about his ability and sobriety) than answers.

  • Naylor

    Which bunch of muppets is advising this guy Brash. Probably the same crowd advising PR for Veolia Transport in Auckland or Jet Star.

    WO is right; Tamaki is right for the taking. Peachy is not up to the task anymore and can’t even hammer up his own billboards anymore. ACT is going to get a big wake-up call in Epsom and the only other sensible lifeline for them should have been Tamaki – particularly when Brash lives in the electorate – unlike Alan Peachy.

    But as they say you can lead a donkey to water but can you get the fucking thing to drink…


    Brash, Barrie and The Soak? The North Shore deserves better…any idea who Brash’s campaign manager will be….they better be good at arranging deck chairs?