people are wondering what the hell is going on in national; when the party leader dosen’t show in parliament during a time when the govt is looking like it’s on the ropes, you’ve gotta wonder just what is going on.
where is he? charming little old ladies, (bless them), at tea partys in fielding or something?
how can he, (and his advisers), be so out of touch, that he didn’t drop what he was doing and head for parliament?
who told him to continue his interminable tour of the provinces?
that’s how brash will go down in the history books. an oddity, the beaurocrat who frittered away his time at tea parties, and banged out a couple of racist/divisive/populist speechs.
but of course, what is actually going on here is positioning/jostling for the, soon to be, post brash era. it’ll be key vs english; and english is just reminding everyone that, unlike the man they chose to replace him, english can foot it in the debating chamber. it’s been quite the sight; english chewing on a very harried looking mallard.
whatever the longterm leadership outcome, english must have a certain glow on around about now;
ah well, it’s been a long time between drinks for him, we can hardly begrudge him his moment.
and of course, the english vs brash division is symptomatic of the division within national; the moderates and the rogernomes.
brash’s booting out after the election will also mean we will be able to,(hopefully), see the last of the fag ends of national’s version of rogernomics; ruth richardson, mc cully et. al.
whomsoever is the next leader of national will have to drag the party back to the centre for any hope of electoral victory.
they could well pass helen clark and her coterie heading in the opposite direction.