Friday, September 17, 2010

Garret quits ACT

But not Parliament. Instead, he'll hang around as an independent, propping up the government and continuing to collect his $131,000 salary.

There's one reason for this: preserving Rodney Hide's leadership. If Garrett resigns, the next person on the ACT list comes in - and she hates Hide and will roll him the moment she joins caucus. Even if she can be persuaded to stand aside, that doesn't help - the person after her, Peter Tashkoff, is also a member of the anti-Hide camp.

Hopefully, this will spell the death of ACT. And good riddance.