It looks like ACT’s Minister of Rhyming Slang knows on which side his bread is buttered, and is intent on keeping the butter flowing no matter who and what he sells out.
Because just three days after being elected on the ACT ticket, John Banks is already talking up his prospects as a Minister, talking publicly about rebranding and redirecting “his” ACT party, and talking noisily about merging it with Colin Craig’s Moral Majority –“a class New Zealander” according to Banks.
Colin Craig at least is happy to muse publicly that this will require the departure of the libertarian wing of ACT—i.e., the folk who got Banks over the line in Epsom this year.
Banks, I’m sure, is equally aware. And just as happy at the prospect. It’s just that he’s not talking about it. Not publicly. Not yet. Except to say:
He [Mr Craig] is interventionist when it comes to social policies but the ACT party has people who are not. And that's where we would have to talk.
He does not say who he would have to talk with. Or how he would reconcile that problem.
But it’s clear enough already what he intends. And clear enough now that support for Banks from this point forth is support for the Conservatives in 2014—whether with a small ‘c’ or a large one.
Might I suggest then that those being taken so shamefully for granted decide now where their futures, and their principles, really lie. Because it’s just possible that in 2014, in Epsom and elsewhere, the folk they will be fighting are those they so recently supported.
And vice versa.