Saturday, April 30, 2011

Role modeling

October 2009:
He might not have the comb-over, but millionaire Wellington property developer Terry Serepisos is to be New Zealand's answer to Donald Trump.

The Phoenix football team owner has been chosen as the host of a local version of The Apprentice. The reality-TV show, an international hit with Trump as host, pits teams of aspiring entrepreneurs against each other.
Terry Serepisos is spending a lot of time in courts pleading for a postponement of his bankruptcy for just one more week when that $6-million cheque will arrive, and another week, and another.

So far he has not announced his intention of running for the Presidency.
As noted earlier, Don Brash has taken over leadership of the ACT Party so we don't have Rodney Hide to kick around any more.
At some point Brash has promised to actually join the party, ideally before the next election when he will be campaigning against the National Party to which he currently belongs.
Fortunately no opinion polls have been taken to gauge whether voters have more respect for low rat cunning ruthlessness than for loyalty, so journalists can speculate about how many seats the rejuvenated party will win come the election, unconstrained by cold unsympathetic facts.

John Banks -- another old National Party member who left national politics a few years ago in order to be rejected by voters in a couple of mayoralty elections -- has announced that he will also run against National under the banner of the ACT Party.

It can only be a matter of time before Michael Laws joins them as well.


Substance McGravitas said...

If he was Donald Trump he'd just fire the courts, right?

ckc (not kc) said...

...hey!! us low rats, cunning though we are, have enough loyalty to get by! [rats>tenements>"real" estate>win!]

vacuumslayer said...

People say America doesn't manufacture anything anymore. But we make buttloads of stupidity--and then we export it!

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

just one more week when that $6-million cheque will arrive, and another week, and another.

Just like fusion reactors are always 20 years in the future, that cheque is always one week in the future.

Smut Clyde said...

Updated to remove hurtfully anti-rat phrasing.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

...journalists,unconstrained by cold unsympathetic facts.

Just like over here!

P.S. My dad was a journalist. The profession has sunk mightily in just the last decade.