My documentary last night was The Hollow Men. The whole thing can be viewed either on Youtube or at NZ Onscreen - The Hollow Men.
I tend to agree with Act Party President, Chris Simmon's original statement regarding Don Brash - He is a grumpy old man.
“[He is] an old man that has been passed over by the National Party previously, has not had his words heard on the 2025 taskforce by the Prime Minister. He’s angry, he’s grumpy and this is his attempt to try and destabilise us,” Mr Simmons says. - 3 News
Politics are a crazy business. It reminds me of the playground at primary school, where loyalties are decided and changed based on the most trivial of matters. Memories are short - our best friend the day before, can just as easily be someone that we ignore the next day, and vice versa. Backstabbing is rife, as is sucking up to the kid that has a swimming pool - but only during summer - of course. If no one likes the swimming pool having kid in the winter - well we best not be liking him / her either. He / she will forget how mean we were to them during the winter months anyway - once summer rolls around.
I am starting to think that politicians are nothing more than mentally immature, over grown kids, that never really wanted to leave school. Instead of growing up, and becoming part of the real world, they join the playground that is our Parliament, and just become our country's biggest and highest paid dole bludgers.
I will be paying even less attention to the Act Party, than i paid it before - if that is possible - now that Don Brash will be it's leader.
I don't think Don Brash is a good, or honest man, that cares about The Act Party, or New Zealanders. I doubt the National Party are too worried about their loss - in fact i bet they are pretty happy.
This Alister Barry-directed documentary is about the National Party and the 2005 election; it was made in conjunction with Nicky Hager’s book written from leaked party e-mails. Barry follows novice MP, and then leader, Don Brash through a hyper-charged era in NZ politics as National attempts to reconcile a political agenda with electability, and to unseat Helen Clark’s Labour government. Speechwriters, advertising agencies, pollsters and party donors all feature, as do Brash’s infamous Orewa speeches, Exclusive Brethren “attack” pamphlets and Iwi/Kiwi billboards.