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NBR: ‘Hide gone, Brash to lead ACT’ + my comments

Hide gone, Brash to lead ACT

UPDATED 12 NOON: Rodney Hide has resigned as Act leader and Don Brash is to take over after becoming a member of the party this morning.

His party leadership will be formalised at an ACT party caucus meeting on Saturday. He will be a leader outside Parliament.

At a joint media conference in Auckland, Dr Brash said it wasn’t the time to comment on plans for the party, but said New Zealand’s indebtedness is one of his most serious concerns.

A key objective of Act under his leadership will be to raise the income levels of all New Zealanders, he said.

Dr Brash said he and Mr Hide had been friends for over 15 years and that if Mr Hide hadn’t won the Epsom seat in 2008 the country could still have Helen Clark as a leader.

“For that New Zealand owes him considerable gratitude,” Dr Brash said.

Mr Hide will remain as an MP until the November 26 election. He said he would like to stay on as a Minister (he is Minister of Local Government, Minister for Regulatory Reform and Associate Minister of Education) but that that was a matter for Prime Minister John Key.

Mr Hide told reporters he didn’t see the coup as a kick in the guts on a personal level and that he was supportive of anything which helped Act succeed even if there was no place for him.

“A change of leadership is never easy but we’ve managed it,” he said.

Asked at the press conference whether Act had lost its focus on its core economic message, Dr Brash recalled a conversation he had had a few years ago with Mr Hide.

“He said I give a speech every day of the week about the economy and get no coverage. I do something about taxi bills and it gets on the front page.”

Mr Hide said he was planning to stay with the Act Party but wouldn’t comment on his future in Epsom.

“Rodney and I have been friends for more than 15 years,” Dr Brash said. “In the last week or so I have put our friendship to considerable strain.”

He said Mr Hide has “consistently espoused the values for which Act is most known” but defended his earlier comments that Mr Hide’s brand had become “toxic”, which he blamed partly on a “media witch-hunt.”

The leadership change follows a public challenge to Mr Hide’s leadership by Dr Brash, a former National Party leader and ex-Reserve Bank Governor.

Earlier today, Dr Brash was “cautiously optimistic” he had the numbers to oust Mr Hide.

While media reported he had achieved this by turning the vote of Dunedin-based MP Hilary Calvert, the 70-year-old former National Party leader said he “doesn’t know that for sure.”

He needed at least three of Act’s five MPs to back him and, as of then, had two of them — Sir Roger Douglas and Heather Roy.

Deputy leader John Boscawen supports Mr Hide and, until yesterday, Ms Calvert was committed as well.

Dr Brash yesterday met Sir Roger and Ms Calvert in Auckland to explain his reasons for wanting to replace Mr Hide, whom Dr Brash said had a tainted brand and would lead Act to certain defeat in the November 26 general election.

Mr Hide yesterday posted an open letter on Facebook, saying he had been surprised by Dr Brash’s weekend announcement that he was going to seek the leadership of ACT.

He said he had previously invited Dr Brash to join the party and had discussed co-leadership, and Dr Brash had turned him down.

“We reviewed various options on how we could work together in a collaborative way to build a strong party for the future,” Mr Hide said.

“Don then wrote me a letter setting out his decision to turn down the opportunity. The letter alarmed me because I thought it was a letter designed to be leaked, as it was especially one-sided.”

The Prime Minister, who is in England this week, said yesterday he could see no reason why Mr Hide would not be able to keep his ministerial roles if Dr Brash took over as leader.

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MY COMMENTS:

This is the sort of ‘democracy’ that ANZACs were supposed to have died for?

Where the ‘will of the people’ is supposed to be ‘the basis for the authority of government’?

Where Don Bra$h, who apparently has the anonymous big business(?) cash – takes over the leadership of a party he’s not even a member of?

In order to try and achieve a National/National (oops! ACT) coalition government to force through more Rogernomic$ type reforms?

‘Shonky’ corporate raider John Key plus ‘Don the Dictator’?

‘Don the Dictator- who apparently has no respect for lawful due process in his ACT /National takeover – so how much respect is he going to have for the ‘RULE OF LAW’ inside Parliament?

Oh yes!

How convenient.

Parliament cannot be held accountable to the law because it is ‘sovereign’ and has the power to change the law.

So – why bother with Select Committee processes at all?

Why not pass EVERYTHING under ‘urgency’?

This current National/ACT government has got this railroaded Rogernomic$-style blitzkrieg approach to the passing of legislation off pat…………..

(hmmm….. where has this track been gone down before??)

Why doesn’t Dictator Don just complete his new ‘unbridled power’ look – by growing some facial hair above his top lip?

Why doesn’t Dictator Don then practice his new ‘unbridled power’ walk – swinging his outstretched straight arms without bothering to bend his knees?

Concerned?

MARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!
Sunday 1 May
Assemble 2pm
Opposite Britomart

Penny Bright
https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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“John Banks as the probable candidate for the Epsom electorate? Has the new coup leader Colonel Brash underestimated the average IQ of the Epsom electors?”

Fair question.

So who IS going to stand in Epsom for

National/National (oops! ACT)?

Who is Don the Dictator/ Mr Burns going to select?

Who do the money bag$ behind Don the Dictator/ Mr Burns want?

YAY!

‘Democracy’ according to the ‘golden rule’ – those who have the gold – make the rules?

‘Clean, green’ NZ – the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ – yeah right!

Not happy?

MARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!

Sunday 1 May
2pm
Assemble opposite Britomart
Queen St
Auckland

Penny Bright
https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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Comments and questions

50

NOW if only Labour had the same balls… oh yeah thats right Helen took them to NY for safe keeping!!!

Meow…. | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 10:29am

News Flash?Labour wants” BIG DON” to challenge “WEE PHIL”as seen that fortune favours the brave.Just kidding as most of THE LIEBOUR party are shivers looking for some easy picking spines to crawl up.

Maria Rangitane | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 10:41am

go Don Brash!!

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 10:44am

What a disgraceful bit of carpetbagging that reveals Act to be a true joke now – you don’t even have to be a member to take it over. As a 3 time Act voter I’m off to a real party this election.

chromium Two | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 10:57am

i agree with meow here… Helen stole the Testosterone from Goff, Broad, and the minister of wine and cheese. Shes one verile old girl..

Carl | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 11:04am

Haaa!! ACT and the Nutty Professor deserve each other. What a circus!

And to have Hilary Calvert holding the balance of power is a complete joke. She has all the calibre of a pin hole!

Misty Faed | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 11:21am
In response to chromium Two | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 10:57am

A real party? You can see one?

Farmer Brown | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 11:22am

I wonder what Rodney will do now? Normally these kind of people from Act (Prebble an example) go to work at a Governance role with property development and construction firms that they have lobbied for in the house. But I think Rodney’s mates are all know insolvent.

Too bad.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 11:44am

Maybe they could all meet at McDonald’s and have a party there!

Anony mous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 11:44am

Fresh leadership, and some pro middle class simplifications in the government will be welcome. Lets hope for a powerful right wing to balance out this bloated fat belly government we have.

mongreldog.co.nz | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 11:46am

Slimy Brash stricks again. How could you even trust the guy! His current escort would have to be a bit worried as he’s probably looking to update his lady as well. He obviously can’t live in the real world and has to try and return to the public trough once again in order to survive.

Andronicus | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 11:50am

Better Don than Rodney

Anonymous . | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:12pm

No more Hollow men just Shallow men

Give the emails back | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:18pm

Gee, this is what Brash does to his friends!

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:21pm

Don Brash is better than Hide. Lets hope National loses some of its majority in this election because there are alot of people in the National party I dislike. I didn’t vote for a Key/English government then and I wont now.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:22pm

Rodney had better check the names on the knives in his back: Michael Bassett, Sir Roger Douglas, Heather Roy, Don Brash, Peter Tashkoff. Quite a collection.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:25pm

Hopefully Brash will be more effective at drawing attention to & putting presure on National’s keep borrowing & hope strategy. OK for a short term, but clearly the fallout from the GFC has a while yet to go, before govt revenue will be what it was in 2007-8.

WW | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:27pm

Don Brash with his “one law for all” will have my vote this year.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:32pm
In response to Meow…. | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 10:29am

Brash – almost reptilian – in his almost alien-like disregard for his fellow humans …

Mr ‘family man’ does in his’ good friend’ Hide – for the sake of the country.

Survival of the fittest society here we come.

What a complete ideological fanatic he is …

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:32pm

Who cares? What a complete Circus 🙂 Don the Joke replacing Rod the Bully. ACT was gonesky at the next election and nothing’s changed except that surely even fewer people will be prepared to admit they support the party of few lead by the geriatric sandbaggers!

BVJ Martinborough | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:34pm

gone just after lunchtime

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:44pm

This is great for the ACT Party and and great for NZ. We need more of a right wing govt to keep govt finances under control, less spending, less taxing, smaller govt and more private enterprise.

Labour and the greens have it backwards!
The formula of a Labour govt is to tax high and increase govt spending. The poor and the middle class love this mantra, as they see more benefits coming their way and securing the vote for Labour. This is short sighted. This model just locks people into dependence on the govt and not actually helping the poor and middle class.
These benefits that Labour use as bribes for the poor and middle class votes are vile.
The benefits are not free, you as a taxpayer pay for them.

Would we not all be better off, poor and middle income included, if we had a flat tax of 15% ? and were expected to look after ourselves!

I think so.

At the moment NZ is addicted to other peoples money via the govt. redistribution system.
How about we all just keep more of our own money via a flat 15% tax and get rid of the huge govt deciding how our tax is spent.
Humm, more freedom, more money, less govt, less tax.

Its pritty blatant this system would work far better.

For the record: Last election I voted for labour, because they claim to ‘look after the people’
This election it will be ACT.
Why: Because I believe I can spend my money better than the govt will ever spend it, period!
So its best left in my hands! For me to choose how I spend it.
Give me my freedom and my money!

Bring on November! | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:47pm

Nice comments section you have here NBR. My favourite part was where it was respectful, to the point and non-rabid.
/sarcasm

Josh | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:51pm

Hey BVJ Martinborough…

Geriatrics’ votes are just as valid as inexperienced name-callers’ votes !!!
And there’s more of us than you……

Chris McGregor-Macdonald | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:53pm
In response to Bring on November! | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:47pm

to be honest the Labour and National parties were the same last year with Key using the line prosperity, opportunity and security – taken out from the last budget under Helen Clark.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:55pm

Bye Bye ACT. National under Brash came close’ to winning the previous election only because traditional labour voters turned away to the Maori party/greens, and were not attracted to Barsh – this is just PR spin that lazy media have continued. ACT will now disappear – Brash is a fool who has lived off taxes his whole life (as has Douglas – what business has this man created?). It is a pity that Rodney did not have th eballs to fight on…

A K Jaga | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:17pm
In response to Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:55pm

What does ACT mean?
Is it ASSORTED CRETINS and TROGLODYTES?
I would appreciate knowing if I am correct?

Flash Harry | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:20pm

This is the sort of ‘democracy’ that ANZACs were supposed to have died for?

Where the ‘will of the people’ is supposed to be ‘the basis for the authority of government’?

Where Don Bra$h, who apparently has the anonymous big business(?) cash – takes over the leadership of a party he’s not even a member of?

In order to try and achieve a National/National (oops! ACT) coalition government to force through more Rogernomic$ type reforms?

‘Shonky’ corporate raider John Key plus ‘Don the Dictator’?

‘Don the Dictator- who apparently has no respect for lawful due process in his ACT /National takeover – so how much respect is he going to have for the ‘RULE OF LAW’ inside Parliament?

Oh yes!

How convenient.

Parliament cannot be held accountable to the law because it is ‘sovereign’ and has the power to change the law.

So – why bother with Select Committee processes at all?

Why not pass EVERYTHING under ‘urgency’?

This current National/ACT government has got this railroaded Rogernomic$-style blitzkrieg approach to the passing of legislation off pat…………..

(hmmm….. where has this track been gone down before??)

Why doesn’t Dictator Don just complete his new ‘unbridled power’ look – by growing some facial hair above his top lip?

Why doesn’t Dictator Don then practice his new ‘unbridled power’ walk – swinging his outstretched straight arms without bothering to bend his knees?

Concerned?

MARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!
Sunday 1 May
Assemble 2pm
Opposite Britomart

Penny Bright
https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Penny Bright | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:24pm
In response to Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:55pm

Very true about national and labour, but this comment has no relevance to my arguments for why ACT is the best Party for NZ, small govt, less tax, more money and more freedom.
I Believe ACT is the only real option, national is too nice and too carefree about borrowing millions on behalf of the tax payer, thats you and me, they are taking out debt on our behalf and I dont really agree with that.
If Labour were the govt we would have 39% taxt rates, more people moving to oz and higher borrowing, then in a few years we would be in the position of Ireland, Greece etc. I just dont trust them, I trust my self and fellow NZers to be more frugal with the money.
As a general rule,
No matter if you are a Nation, a business or a charitable organisation. The finances have to stack up other wise you just die.
Everything must operate in a commercially viable fashion.

This is my view, and I dont expect everyone to agree with me. But I do think any man should be able to see that facts on the table and make an informed decision.
Limited Govt. and a more free country definitely have its merits, and are you really that happy with the status quo. Im not.

Bring on November! | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:25pm

Key’s winning word was ASPIRATIONAL which contrasted starkly with Helen’s ” You will do as you are told – IS THAT CLEAR!” remember the shower heads? !!!

BoJangles | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:27pm

John Banks as the probable candidate for the Epsom electorate? Has the new coup leader Colonel Brash underestimated the average IQ of the Epsom electors?

Anon | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:28pm
In response to Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:25pm

The only name Rodney needs to check on the knife in his back is his own, for taking his girlfriend on an overseas trip at the taxpayers expense. He almost destroyed ACT as a consequence and this is the end result. He has no one to blame except himself.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:29pm
In response to Penny Bright | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:24pm

Hey Penny, just imagine how many extra votes ACT are going to get at the next election. My prediction somewhere between 5-10%. It’s not curtains for ACT by any stretch, but it is a nasty jagged pill for the political left – hence your frenetically incoherent ramblings. Sorry darling, your beloved left wing are on the u-bend out to Mangere this election, and for a very long time afterwards. You might have to get a job.

Regarding dictatorships, aren’t the vast majority of historical & current dictatorships left wing?

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:36pm
In response to Bring on November! | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:25pm

Bring on November has it right – Vote ACT, and aim for limited government, less tax, and more freedom.

Paddy | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:37pm
In response to BoJangles | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:27pm

yes thats true, but his whiny voice was a contrast too. also his nose.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:40pm

“John Banks as the probable candidate for the Epsom electorate? Has the new coup leader Colonel Brash underestimated the average IQ of the Epsom electors?”

Fair question.

So who IS going to stand in Epsom for

National/National (oops! ACT)?

Who is Don the Dictator/ Mr Burns going to select?

Who do the money bag$ behind Don the Dictator/ Mr Burns want?

YAY!

‘Democracy’ according to the ‘golden rule’ – those who have the gold – make the rules?

‘Clean, green’ NZ – the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ – yeah right!

Not happy?

MARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!

Sunday 1 May
2pm
Assemble opposite Britomart
Queen St
Auckland

Penny Bright
https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Penny Bright | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:43pm

It is truly a sad indictment on our political structure, why do we & should we place any value on a party with five active members, thanks be to the great unwashed who swallowed the MMP bait hook line and sinker all those many years ago…we would have a lot less of this nonsense without it.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:44pm

It is truly a sad indictment on our political structure, why do we & should we place any value on a party with five active members, thanks be to the great unwashed who swallowed the MMP bait hook line and sinker all those many years ago…we would have a lot less of this nonsense without it.

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:44pm
In response to Penny Bright | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:24pm

the legislative process isn’t your cup of tea Penny? It doesn’t deliver outcomes you like?

Thankfully there is a better solution: repeal all legislation, abolish parliament, and leave the people free. No more crony capitalism. No more rule of men. No more politicl elections for Penny to stand for.

David Hillary | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:45pm
In response to Penny Bright | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:24pm

Penny – there are so many flaws in your logic i don’t even know where to start. What do you tell your kids you actually do during a day? Actually, I suspect you don’t have any – your types never do.

Anti-Penny | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:49pm

I’m with Paddy and “bring on november”.
It’s time for a lot less of the borrow , spend and hope policies.

Farmer Brown | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 2:00pm
In response to Penny Bright | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:43pm

Penny, good luck with your march on Sunday.
Your website states this. . . .
~
PROVIDE COUNCIL SERVICES ‘IN-HOUSE’ AND CUT OUT ALL THOSE PRIVATE ‘PIGGIES -IN -THE -MIDDLE’!

If private sector provision is SO ‘efficient’ – then how come over the last 20 years rates have gone up – not down?)
~
I suggest you look at this video for a much better structure for local councils

http://reason.tv/video/show/sandy-springs-georgia-the-city

Its about a City that outsourced everything to the private sector, and they are now winning! Winning at local govt means the residents are happy and these people are!
Im pleased other readers have pulled you up on your incoherent ramblings .

Also a thanks to Paddy for agreeing on my post !

Look at the facts people and make your own decisions, you will soon see that more freedom and limited govt stacks up as the best option and we should embrace this. NZ could transform into world leaders of running small state sector and flourishing private enterprise. Let private enterprise create the jobs not the borrowed stimulus package that incurs interest for our kids to pay. Short term thinking again.

Bring on November! | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 2:06pm

Join me on my ‘March Against Democracy’ or MAD courtesy of the newly formed “Coalition of Social Justice”.

This re-imagined (reified) new “theory of justice” demands that men counteract the “injustice” of nature by instituting the most obscenely unthinkable injustice among men: deprive “those favored by nature” (i.e., the talented, the intelligent, the creative) of the right to the rewards they produce (i.e., the right to life)—and grant to the incompetent, the stupid, the slothful a right to the effortless enjoyment of the rewards they could not produce, could not imagine, and would not know what to do with.

Yay for Social Justice just like Soviet Russia, Maoist China, Fidel’s Cuba and ALL the other places that this system of (a)morality has killed…I mean…supported the Public!

Penni Bright | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 2:16pm
In response to BVJ Martinborough | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 12:34pm

Sorry but I will support ACT now that Don is in charge. ACT need to stick to the core message regarding the economy.

I think ACT should get around 4%-8% support at the next election. Interested to see the party list on who they will bring in, sounds like Banks will be there… who else?

National Voter last election | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 2:29pm

I don’t mind if its Brash or hide or Whocares. Same as I don’t mind if its Goff, Mallard, or Nocare, in Labour, same with greens. But can one of these parties who keep saying National is doing this and that wrong, tell me what is the right way to govern the country. Mr Brash, Goff etc, if your not part of the solution you are the problem.

JP | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 2:38pm

This will go down in history as a sad day for New Zealand. Brash will bleed votes from National and increase fears from those in the centre about what a National/Brash coalition will do. Maori will refuse to work with Brash, but fear that they might, will boost support for Hone First. Labour will pick up votes as a result of uncertainty and fear of a move to the right. Throw a resurgent NZ First into the mix and we could have a one term Key government. Why? Because Don Brash and his friends don’t accept that no one credible likes their extremist policy prescription. Dumb, dumb, dumb

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 2:45pm
In response to Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 2:45pm

A considered and, in my view, intelligent assessment with which I heartily agree.

Coming?

MARCH FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE!

Sunday 1 May
2pm
Assemble opposite Britomart
Queen St
Auckland

Penny Bright
https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Penny Bright | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 3:03pm
In response to Meow…. | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 10:29am

NOW if only Labour had the same balls… oh yeah thats right Helen took them to NY for safe keeping!!!

epic funny !!!!!!!!

Anonymous | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 3:06pm
In response to Bring on November! | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 1:25pm

As someone on a reasonable income and with some judicious savings for my retirement I can not agree with you. Try paying for everything (health, education etc) on a miserable $15/hr. You can work your arse off and still be no better off. The real problem is that the wealthy have been accumulating more and more of the resources in fewer and fewer hands manly due to convincing governments to reduce their tax and regulations. Take a look at the Scandinavian countries – the reason that they have less crime and more social coherence is because they do not have these huge disparities in income and they provide social services for their people (I have visited a few times and they are much nicer countries to be than here!). How do they manage it? They PAY TAX

RobMc | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 3:15pm

So true

chromium Two | Thursday, April 28, 2011 – 3:22pm
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