Monday, December 27, 2010

Recycling, "hard" choices.

One of the least favourite, in this reporters view,  denizens of the New Zild political landscape is the lurching patchwork creature known as the ACT party. E'en now they stumble about searching for brains or at least one of those spin-the-arrow decision makers beloved by children's game makers. BUT these people are not Zombies and I wish to draw no comparisons with the Undead Community. That would have meant that ACT persons were alive at some stage.
Recent evidence, in the form of column by a former ACT party MP, yes, in parliament for a time, Deborah Coddington.
Codders or Cod or La Coddington has taken a couple of weeks annual leave (made up bit, there) to consider the state of her party and hit upon the bestest answer.
Ditch the current leader and get the guy back that we kicked out because he was no good.  And why, you, as a relatively sane person, might ask?
Act needs a hard taskmaster, a leader who when he barks "jump" has his MPs squeal "how high?" as they work like navvies, punching above their weight.
It's some sort B+D thing, obviously.
La Coddington rejects the former, former leader Sir Roger Douglas (who this reporter thinks should be in the International court for crimes against humanity due to his "handling" of the NZ economy in the '80's) because he is too clever for mere mortals.
And obviously Roger Douglas is not the man either, because nobody listens to him. Of course, his dire warnings are correct,...
She pretends that Douglas is like ones mother who one never listened to but who was always right.
 I think that this  is a perfect illustration of a single interest party (no taxee, no spendee) that had a brief period when more than the usual rabid badgers listened to them and now cannot understand why they are losing popularity faster than Bernie Madoff did.
Game over chaps, might be better to achieve some dignity in ones passing, rather than amusing us with your  thrashing around.

7 comments:

Smut Clyde said...

has his MPs squeal "how high?" as they work like navvies, punching above their weight.

So ACT politicians are simultaneously Irish labourers, boxers, and frogs. Is Coddington paid by the metaphor?

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I think that this is a perfect illustration of a single interest party (no taxee, no spendee) that had a brief period when more than the usual rabid badgers listened to them and now cannot understand why they are losing popularity faster than Bernie Madoff did.

So they'd be like our GOP, except for the unfathomable lack of popularity loss? (And the brief period would be most of the last three decades, but other than that...)
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Smut Clyde said...

a single interest party (no taxee, no spendee)

Sadly this policy lost the "gullible dimwit" sector of voters after it was tried and failed, and more importantly it lost the financial support of the corporates (who shifted their strategy to buying out the National Party), so ACT lost any pretense to intellectual coherence and went for "opportunism" instead, with a shifting portfolio of vaguely right-wing policies, determined mainly by the obsessions of individual MPs. At various times it has been pro- and anti-immigration (depending on the wealth and ethnicity of the immigrant), pro-gun ownership, tough on crime, against parliamentary perks, pro-property rights, anti-property rights of Maori, and so on.

Deborah Coddington was part of the party's problem. She devoted her term in Parliament to her own anti-pedophilia crusade and naming sex offenders, not always with entire accuracy.*

So now sex-offender-obsessed ex-MP is seeking a Strong Daddy. Issues, is all I'm saying.
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*The Wiki article is hilarious:
Coddington has also had an unusually high amount of media interest in her personal life — early in 2004 journalists widely canvassed the financial problems of Alister Taylor, her partner (and her subsequent split from him), and later the same year, the media reported Coddington's distress about attention received from Roger Kerr, executive director of the New Zealand Business Roundtable. Kerr allegedly chased her drunk, across the grounds of parliament. Coddington described the media's portrayal of events as "wildly overblown".

Mickey Kaus' goat™³²®© said...

...described the media's portrayal of events as "wildly overblown".

I'm sure we all know what that means.
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Substance McGravitas said...

Trouble is, a vacuum exists where there should be a big stud-muffin in Parliament

I must insist upon scantily-clad sex kittens.

Smut Clyde said...

So I've actually followed the link now and Coddington's screed is the real recursive wrongness. The closer you attend to it, the more distantly removed from reality it turns out to be.

I mean, what she writes has nothing to do with the empirical facts about political parties and individuals, but it's not connected to the received opinions about them either. There are recognisable proper nouns there but for the counter-reality way she talks about them ('ACT supporters from the hinterland', that sort of thing), it might as well all be "colourless green ideas sleeping furiously".

Another Kiwi said...

Nail meet hammer Smut. It is the growing sense of unreality that kept me reading. As though it was dispatches from Narnia. Codders can't see past some weird aggrandisement. Like ACT has some significance, and yet there is Hide as the minister for local government.