this spat between national and act, (viewed by cynics as a branding exercise), seems to have taken on a life of it’s own.
i’ve been following this on a rightwing blog (david farrar), and some commentators there have been trying to hose it down, and others to rark it up.
but now, the winner for national of our ist annual “how the fuck did they get there, and what the fuck are they doing?”award,(see feb archives), gerry brownlee, has had a major dummy spit.
he hasn’t held back. todays herald has him accusing act of voodoo economics, of abusing opportunities, (whatever that means, you’d have to delve into the wonders of the brownlee brain for that; rather you than me); that they don’t deserve to return to parliament, and that there is no way national will do a deal with act in epsom or anywhere else.
brownlee says act faces oblivion.
now, if you think this is ugly; you ain’t seen nuthin yet. as national realises their vote is collapsing, and act stare that touted oblivion in the face, i’m sure they will all turn quite feral.
and this is our alternative government? whoar!
(there is also some humour to be had from this report in the herald.
the act annual conference is on this weekend.
they were hoping to get big arnie from california to speak via video; but he can’t make it.
the substitute? john banks.)
these are not the best of times for act/national.
and of course, over on the other side, if you were mike williams, (labour party president), sitting there wishing how the media would portray national and act; well, he couldn’t have wished it could be so good for his lot, and bad for them.
for this and other reasons, i reckon the odds on an early election have hardened in the last little while.