Put this day down in your calendar. Why?
Is it because, as one irony-deprived Labour MP puts it:
Is it because today's the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain?
No. Mark this day down in your calendar as the day the ACT Party officially became unelectable.
They were heading that way before the Garrett sage unfolded this week. Now there is no question: they are doomed. ACT is electoral poison, and John Key will probably want to distance himself from them.
It seems nothing barring a miracle can save ACT from electoral annihilation in 2011.
The only question is whether Rodney Hide can cling to the ACT leadership until the next election. If Garrett goes and is replaced by the next person on the list, Hide might find he doesn't have the numbers. His judgement in the Garrett saga has been appalling, and he is no longer an asset to ACT. He can't possibly win Epsom now, even if the Nats don't put anyone up against him.
Shame, really. I've enjoyed the ACT comedy routines, even if the price we've paid as a country was a steep one.