Act: The two Dons
Fed Farmers President now an Act candidate:
Don Nicolson, President of Federated Farmers until a fortnight ago, has just been announced as our latest high-profile candidate.
For Clutha-Southland, Bill English's seat.
In Act's glory days, when they had policies that represented, or at least purported to be in the interests of, "mainstream" NZ - back in the days when Maori were there and other people were there and it was aiming to be a popular party - back in the first term, Act came within a thousand votes of taking King Country in a by-election. Owen Jennings was the equivalent of Don Nicholson back then and he almost took Jim Bolger's old seat.
How far we have come. Now they are a toxic red neck party on the the margins and digging themselves a deeper gutter into which to sink with each passing day. Becoming more conservative and less rational and breaking the faith with the original constituency in order to find a new one attracted by racism. It won't work and it isn't working. Mr Nicolson's timing is woeful.