It's pleasing to know that no matter how much some things change, they really stay the same.
The ongoing farce that is the ACT Party continues to dominate news headline. Any genuine supporter of ACT (if there are more than four or five of you left) must be wishing by now they had been sucked away in today's tornado.
Today we saw the new leader of ACT being humiliated by the old leader. Don Brash claims the Hide brand is "toxic" and yet still professes to be happy for Hide to remain as minister.
The fact of the matter is he's deeply unhappy, but faced with the prospect of Hide becoming the party's own Fukushima, Brash has relented and decided to let Rodders stay on as minister. Hide probably needs the money, now his political career is in terminal decline, although it seems that the Business Roundtable may have need of his services. If that doesn't pan out then Hide will need to start job hunting. I wonder if the Nazgul are recruiting?
The biggest joke in today's ACT reshuffle is the elevation of Hilary Calvert, who has been in Parliament approximately three and a half minutes, to party whip, while former deputy leader Heather Roy is demoted. Even though Roy was supposedly one of the MPs most in favour of the leadership change. If this is how Brash rewards his supporters he may be gone by lunchtime.
Roy may have to swallow her pride, but swallowing pride isn't something ACT MPs seem to be very good at. There may be no "I" in "team, but there is a "me". So we can expect more recriminations, plotting and backstabbing within the party we all love to mock, especially if their Anointed One doesn't make an impact in the political polls.
Pass the popcorn.