Former Act MP Deborah Coddington gives her view on the failed Act coup:
The “Politician Wally Award” goes not to Rodney Hide but to the Act MPs who tried to dump him as leader. Hello? Heather Roy, Roger Douglas and John Boscawen – Hide’s the only reason you’re in Parliament, plus the only reason Act still exists, despite his stuff-ups and yes, they’re huge. I’m Hide’s least favourite person but the three coup plotters – who should be sacked except Act has no one credible to take their places – seriously underestimate his intelligence, his extraordinary ability to recover from disaster, and his single-minded determination to achieve his goals (think weight loss, going alcohol-free, winning Epsom).
You have a man down, you lift him up and carry him a while, not press his nose into the mud and think you can take his place. Heather Roy as leader and Roger Douglas as deputy? As they say on Facebook – LMAO.
Fancy having to rely on the swing vote of John Boscawen to survive. Not that I am getting close to feeling sorry for Rodney.
But remember Douglas has the experience of coups against Rowling and Lange. He knows that if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again.
And I’m sure he will.