Audrey Young at the Herald has an exclusive (I guess it was leaked to her by the PMs office) about an abortive leadership coup in the ACT party:
Rodney Hide survived moves to oust him as Act Party leader last month after Prime Minister John Key privately indicated National’s deal with Act would be off if the minister were dumped.
And it is believed that at the height of controversies in the two support parties – the Act leadership and the Maori Party’s turmoil over MP Hone Harawira – Mr Key briefly considered a snap election to gain National an outright majority.
Act founder Sir Roger Douglas, with deputy leader and Consumer Affairs Minister Heather Roy, is understood to have led moves in the party against Mr Hide during the controversy over the international travel costs of his partner.
Sir Roger hasn’t lost his political acumen. ACT exists because Hide has the Epsom electorate seat. What the fuck happens to the party if you roll the guy as leader and he resigns from parliament?