Hide returns to NBR

Rodney Hide

Former Act leader and unrepentant small government advocate Rodney Hide re-launches his blunt and highly popular column Hidesight today.

The column will re-appear for the first time for several years in The National Business Review from this morning and also feature in the NBR ONLINE’s Weekend Review section tomorrow, behind the site's paywall.

The hard-hitting former Parliamentary “perkbuster” has kept a low profile since the November General Elections but he will come out swinging tomorrow.

Hide was an NBR columnist before he was elected to Parliament where he went on to become the leader of his party and a Cabinet Minister in the first term of John Key’s coalition government.

Hide says he has been lying low since he lost the Act leadership to Don Brash, who later resigned when the party’s touted rejuvenation failed to materialise, but he was looking forward to being a columnist who no longer had to convince readers to vote for him.

Now he was free to have fun, he said, and write about the political “nonsense” that entangled New Zealand politics.

“I don’t purport any high purpose in exposing the nonsense. My aim is not to educate, improve political discourse or shift public policy,” he says. “My aim is simply to enjoy myself.

“It’s fun to find myself again that small boy able to declare that the prince is prancing about without any clothes.

“I have the added advantage that I no longer get overly stressed by Big Government sucking the life out of our country. It is –again owing to political circumstance – no longer my problem.”

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Barry Coleman confirms his true colours. What about a Matt Macarten column for some balance or is nbr above all that?

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Colman has no E in it and such carelessness accounts for the ridiculous suggestion of having McCarten in the NBR. Bad enough with the Herald only having left wing opinion persuaders

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Not McCarten, he is an apologist for Jackson. I can find out what McCarten thinks on anything by Reading Pravda - the Russian 1936 version.
All power to the Proletarian Worker!
All Power to the Socialist State
All power to the unswerving Marxist Comrade Stalin.
On and On and bloody on!

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Matt McCarten has his own column already in the Herald on Sunday. Didn't you know?

Good luck Rodney - look forward to reading your columns in the future. Particularly in local government where you will have some real insights.

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Balance? Yeah why don't the NBR also make a Poor List?

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Welcome back Rodney.
Could you start by telling us why John Key retains the madness of Working for Families, refuses even minor change to superannuation, refuses student loan changes, ACC change and continues to inflict the ETS.
You can now write from a neutral viewpoint.

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Yeah, and what about Key's promise to repeal the anti-smacking legislation -- as if it would ever stop the Maoris -- that he pledged in the lead up to his election in 2008?
The guy is a chimera posing as a charlaton.

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Big government sucking the life out of our country. Such true words.

For the first time JK is initiating some changes in this direction. While we will hear about Gov. sector job losses we never hear about private sector job losses when gov. refuses to trim its growth course and demand more and more taxes.

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Probably the biggest hypocrite in NZ politics returns.

The 'perkmaster' returns is a more accurate headline, surely?

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Good one.

Headline should have been :

"Perkbuster to Porkmaster returns to NBR"

Sadly, what credibility has Rodney left after his Hawaii holiday spending spree to his then girlfriend on the taxpayer account?

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Hide's Hawaii trip was strictly in accordance with the written rules governing MP's expenditure. There was no rip-off.

Most people saw Rodney as having an unusually high ethical standard, which would require him to spurn the perks and entitlements which he had previously criticized.

He subsequently decided that he did wish to adhere to the utopian standard. So he apologised to the public for having accepted the employer's travel contribution, and refunded it in full.

Rodney's standards are open to criticism only by those who see fit to decline any perks offered to them under their employment contracts. I've never done that.

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Hell, this guy's true colours were shown, long before taking his then-girlfriend on a Hawaiian love tryst. Remember, the Speaker's (Fat-boy Jonathan Hunt) travel junket to Iguazu Falls and other exotic South American destinations, earlier? Well, our boy -- in the fashionable double-standard ..err, 'breasted' yellow suit -- was on that trip.
Roddy invokes the archetype image of the florid Baptist preacher from America's Deep South, railing against licentiousness and the 'demon drink', while eyeing up the pretty young girls sitting in the front pews, with a hip flask of moonshine tucked inside his belt.

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Looking forward to how Auckland super city is going to live up to the vision of smaller government.

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Hi Rodney!
How about writing a letter to the Chair of the Commerce Select Committee, Todd McClay
RE: Petition 2011/5, which respectfully requests:

“That the House conduct an urgent inquiry into the decisions regarding prosecutions relating to the Huljich Kiwisaver Scheme registered prospectuses dated 22 August 2008 and 18 September 2009.”

That you request all members of the Commerce Select Committee resolve to uphold the principle of ‘ONE LAW FOR ALL’ and conduct an urgent inquiry into why fellow former Directors Of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd, Don Brash and John Banks were not prosecuted by any of the following’ regulatory bodies’ for signing the above-mentioned registered prospectuses which contained untrue statements?

On Friday 20 January 2012, on Radio Live with Willie Jackson, you publicly upheld your support for ACT's policy of 'ONE LAW FOR ALL'

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Hi Rodney!

How about writing a letter to the Chair of the Commerce Select Committee, Todd McClay
RE: Petition 2011/5, which respectfully requests:

“That the House conduct an urgent inquiry into the decisions regarding prosecutions relating to the Huljich Kiwisaver Scheme registered prospectuses dated 22 August 2008 and 18 September 2009.”

That you request all members of the Commerce Select Committee resolve to uphold the principle of ‘ONE LAW FOR ALL’ and conduct an urgent inquiry into why fellow former Directors Of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd, Don Brash and John Banks were not prosecuted by any of the following’ regulatory bodies’ for signing the above-mentioned registered prospectuses which contained untrue statements?

I'm sure that you recall that on Friday 20 January 2012, on Radio Live with Willie Jackson, you publicly upheld your support for ACT's policy of 'ONE LAW FOR ALL'.

You also agreed that John Banks and Don Brash should both be charged for signing the above-mentioned Huljich Kiwisaver Scheme registered prospectuses which contained untrue statements.

I'm sure it would help if you, as a former ACT Party Leader - supports the other former ACT Party Leader (Don Brash) and current ACT Party Leader John Banks support this inquiry?

Good on you!

Cheers Rodney!

Penny Bright

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Looking forward to your thoughts Rodney. Don't hold back

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Would you see a dental hygienist who had chronic halitosis?

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I agree with some of the histrionics above but Rodney's column will have the perspective of someone who knows the machinations inside governments and Parliaments. Even his own errors will aid his observations. As to the critics of the super city, the fault is not in the institutions but in the sad lack of people able to lead and manage them competently. Even in our part of Auckland, the apathy barrier is a frustration our association is struggleing to deal with. I, for one, will welcome Rodney's insights.

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For Rodney to have any credibility whatsoever, let him sort out the Super City mess first.

How? Highlight day by day, week by week, month by month how the super city should be operating but is not.

Am sure this will get him back into Parliament next time round by a grateful Aucklander like myself.

Start by getting rid of all the little hitlers running around all the mini councils.

The worse are the building inspectors and staff - are anyone of them taking bribes? The way they talk, behave and operate strongly suggest some of them now need sweeteners to let things go through.

YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

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Welcome back Rodney. There is some serious work for you to do. John Key is spending up like a Greek, and the rest would be even worse. The opposition need some help, Winston cant do it all by himself.

Bruce Tichbon

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Why does that photo of Rodders make him the color of a sunburnt lobster?

Very subliminal, I'm sure.

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I think Rodney did a fantastic job. He actually got some things done while in parliament!

The trouble is people don't like hearing how they should be accountable for their actions, not be handed out other people's money etc.

Look forward to the column Rodney. Shame it's going to be behind the paywall where very few people will see it.

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It was an excellent opening piece.

Welcome back Rodney.

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Good to see you back,Rodney.
We look forward to your hard-hitting opinions.
And perhaps you could have a word with John Key and tell him to cut down on the photo ops and spend more time on fixing the economy!
Peter Martin

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Great to see Rodney having a platform to smash the socialists to the back of beyond. Go for it Rodders.

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Like to hear Rodney defend his decision to create the Auckland super city council. Where are the benefits? Why is bigger better? Will he be running for mayor (in 2013) of the monstrosity he created?

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