A ‘perk-buster’ enjoying the perks, a Law and Order spokesman with a conviction for assault who steals the identity of a dead infant to falsely obtain a passport, a party spokesperson who keeps an 82-page dossier vilifying the party leader, but kisses and makes up anyway, a political fossil whom no-one takes seriously anymore… In another party all this would be incredible. But it is curiously unsurprising for ACT, a collection of intellectual thugs led by a man whom I once described as ‘venomous and gutless’. That was after Rodney Hide had defamed my wife, Judy Callingham, then Deputy Chair of New Zealand on Air, by implying in parliament that she had used improper influence to get me a talk show on TVNZ.
Challenged by me to repeat the allegation without the protection of parliamentary privilege, he naturally declined. He had his facts wrong. But what offends me most, given these latest revelations, is the hypocrisy of ACT, a vigilante rabble whose uninformed, unintelligent, 12th century views on crime and punishment would see us return to the brutality of the chain gang and ultimately the obscenity that is capital punishment. Intellectual thugs. The word comes from the Hindi meaning a thief or scoundrel. Well, we are to be rid of them at last. They are, as Guyon Espiner observed on One News last night, ’a party now in tatters with no credibility whatsoever’. Good riddance to bad rubbish.