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Friday, June 10, 2005

F Troop, Act Company, Dad's Army

Reports that Roger Douglas, platoon sergeant of ACT's Dad's Army is engineering a coup to replace Rodney Hide with Ken Shirley as party leader can only confirm the struggling party's death at the hands of it's senile Pompey.

Such a move transcends even Cullen's budget stupidity. Deborah Coddington knew what she was doing when she got out.

Hide is ACT's only serious electoral asset in evidence and it is largely his work which produced the drop in polling for Labour. Like it or not, he is their lifeline. It would be sprecious to think that Shirley could win an electorate. So, off they go in an orgy of self righteous fit of policy pique and ensure that they never ever get to occupy a place in a governing team. Well done chaps. Douglas and Co have demonstrated to New Zealanders that ACT possesses the same inherent weakness as does Winston Peters. They can't work in a team. How ironic.

Now you know why serious people of the right regard the ACT Party as a joke. It is locked in the grip of fundamentalist extremists who, for the sake of pious purity would stone to death their own daughters if the policy manual told them to. The saddest part of it all is that the terminal damage already is done, simply by the appearance of the report itself.

An alternatice headline could have been "Douglas Rogers ACT"

Thank God I never joined up.

A lover of alliteration sometimes given to pedantry, and whose prejudices have been carefully refined over nearly six decades, AF is a paid up but inactive member of the National Party. He could no more vote labour than suck on a cake of carbolic soap. His antecedents go back through Ngati Whanaungu and Ngati Paoa to a chap by the name of Te Ika o te Waruki and he has affinity with Ngati Hine. Other antecedents include General Sir Duncan Cameron so AF reasonably can take the piss out of everyone except Asians who, being inscrutable, have no sense of humour.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 6/10/2005 07:40:00 am


Blogger ZenTiger said...

Where did you hear about this Adolf? If its the same sources as me, then its just a news beatup. I wouldn't be surprised that it was written by the 9th floor as a press release.

When viewing the other political parties in NZ, I regard ACT not as a joke, but as the punchline.

We'll see how it plays out over the next few weeks, all magnified by the press.

6/10/2005 09:09:00 am  
Blogger Aaron Bhatnagar said...

You got it. Are you sure you have never been a member of the party - you seem to have a pretty good feel for the modus operandi of Roger Douglas!

6/10/2005 09:09:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Heard it this morning on RLWNEws and Aaron B has a report from the ChCh Press I think it is quoting Ken Shirley.

6/10/2005 09:16:00 am  
Blogger Lucia Maria said...

I heard later in the morning that Rodney had spoken to Ken, and it wasn't true. Is it possible it's being driven without Ken's knowledge?

6/10/2005 09:22:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

"Shirley you must be joking"

6/10/2005 09:44:00 am  
Blogger Max Firmin said...

Sad but, true. (DISCLOSURE: I'm a paid up member of ACT)
The party has allowed ideological purity to kill not just its chances of being there to keep the Nats honest but its electoral chances as well. This happened over the objections of many of us. Principle is all very well and good, but you can't play if you're not even on the field.

If Rodney goes, ACT is truly doomed.

6/10/2005 12:22:00 pm  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Roger Douglas publicly backed Stephen Franks last time. You really think he now has changed his mind? How believable is that?

I would be really out of touch if there is 1 cent of truth in this story. Believe, this story comes straight from Helen Clark reading from a secret report to this journo.

6/10/2005 12:23:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Berend, I have little trouble believing you.

6/10/2005 12:33:00 pm  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

I was going to say that, it has the hallmarks of stirring from the left to attempt to discredit your opponents. Weakest right now are clearly ACT with their low polling. National is proving a little to strong to take head-to-head currently.

6/10/2005 01:53:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I watched Rodney Hide on the Holmes Show, night before last. I thought he did reasonably well considering Holmes contention that he (Holmes) had been approached during the day by 'a number of senior ACT people'confirming the story. I don't consider Paul Holmes to be a stooge of Labour and I think that remark of his is higly ominous. Ywo days on and I have no reason to withdraw anything from the original post.

6/11/2005 08:43:00 am  

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