Good on Rodney Hide for standing up for his principles.
It is so foreign to the mainstream media to consider any politician would do such a thing that, in order to beat it up as much as possible, they have to accuse Hide of “blackmailing” the Government, “holding the Government to ransom” and to quote the interim Labour party leader Phil cry-baby Goff saying it will “de-stabilise” the Government.
Of course, Goff would consider a politician standing up for a principle as de-stabilising, so infrequently is it ever done. If Labour had let its members stand up for their principles rather than being pressured to toe the party line – anti-smacking, for example – their government would have been de-stabilised long before they got dumped.
Good on Rodney Hide.
And here’s where the MSM comes across as so pathetic. Hide has not “threatened” the government. With all due respect, Hide doesn't have such power. National does not need Rodney Hide. Rodney Hide does not have that much sway over the National Party. And as such, he has nothing to “threaten” them with. He knows that, and any casual observer knows it. So the MSM journalists should know it. There is nothing in this for Rodney Hide, except being able to hold his head up high and say he stood up for what he believed was right.
Of course, he’s a politician, so I won’t be holding my breath on him following through. I hope he does. I don’t really have a lot of respect for any of them, but if he follows through, I will certainly give him his due respect.
Unfortunately, I think John Key will side with Hide, not because of Hide’s current position, but because it’s the right thing to do. We cannot allow special interest groups to hijack the tenuous democratic process we have in this country. Unfortunately then, the MSM and the whinging Labour Party do-nothings will hoe into the decision, play the race card, and try to score as many political points from it as they can to help their plummeting popularity (can it go any lower?). Hide’s integrity will be overshadowed.
Never thought I’d say something like that about a politician.