Hide supports Key over Douglas' flyers

ACT Party leader Rodney Hide says he supports Prime Minister John Key and does not believe he has his head in the sand.

ACT MP Sir Roger Douglas yesterday issued bright yellow flyers that asked who is "really ambitious" for New Zealand and criticised Mr Key for not being market-focused enough. They featured a smiling Sir Roger and a picture of a man with his head in the sand which is captioned "John Key, looking to catch Australia".

Mr Hide said the ACT Party was against government policies such as the GST increase, foreshore and seabed legislation and the emissions trading scheme.

"I think Roger Douglas is expressing a concern that we have over the fact that we're not doing enough in government to get on top of government expenditure and to reduce the extraordinary burden of government on business and hardworking families.

"The National Party, if you like, are straddling the middle and adopting largely Helen Clark, Michael Cullen-type policies. The ACT Party says we've got to do much better."

However, Mr Hide said he supported Mr Key.

Asked if he agreed Mr Key had his head in the sand, Mr Hide said no.


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It's Mr Hide who has his head in the sand.

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THe fact that this contributer is anonymous makes me doubt the value of his/her views. In fact Mr Hide is very well ware of both the country's and his party's problems. THose of us who have spent any length of time in his company would reject utterly this bizarrre claim. I fully anticipate that Mr Hide will be representing Epsom after the next election.

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Of course Hide agrees Key dosn't have his head in the sand...Key is fully aware he is a spineless wishy washy Clark lookalike hell bent on doing anything to curry favour from the beneficiary voting base, be it pensions or sickness, dole etc...all on the countries credit card. Whats Keys motive?? Well the only thing less serious money has trouble buying...that is a future knighthood...nice to retire on I reckon. Whats a few country peasant raspberries blown from down under in 10 years matter when you are swanning around Belgravia & Maui.

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Act is so dysfunctional - it is likely toast. It can't seem to run it's own Party affairs without engaging in toxic agendas based on personal interest and selfish advantage. So how can anyone trust the Party's motives for a "better" NZ? Act is populated with some senior people who have demonstrtated questionable personal qualities (Awatere etc) and therefore fundimental ingegrity is systemically suspect. - only as good as no "discovery" is made. One wonders in anticipation what will emerge next.

The essence of human endeavour is more than economics. Trustworthiness is a human value that emerges from factors that have other engredients - factors that are obviously not valued and therefore lacking in the Act Party.

Apart from anything else I could imagine John key doesn't want a bar of Roger Douglas because Douglas lacks compassion.

In 50-100 years time I think NZ will be a better place for NZers to live in because our ability to maintain a food manufacturing economic base will be more sustainable than the mineral base that is currently giving Australia a standard of living boost. The impact of climate change on Australia is likely to increase the reaction of those Australians who came over to NZ for a respite holoday during the last great drought over there. Just being able to touch our green grass gave them such a psychological lift. If minerals is all that Australia has to economically fall back on in the furture, then that could be a "dead end" goal for NZ. Over time Australia could end up looking like Nauru. Therefore trying to emulate Australia could be shortsighted and ultimately dumb.

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Pete has it right!

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