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United Future laments terminal decline of National


United Future laments terminal decline of National

United Future leader Peter Dunne said today he was saddened to see National leader Bill English sink to new depths of illogic as he drowns in a sea of public inattention.

“Mr English is a nice man who has been given the distasteful task of leading National to its final resting place,” said Mr Dunne. “As his caucus and party membership collapse around him, he desperately thrashes out, trying to deceive the public into thinking the party is still alive and has some purpose.”

Mr Dunne said Mr English had today urged United Future to act like New Zealand First, when it threatened to withdraw support from the then-National Government over the sale of Wellington airport shares in 1998.

“According to the bizarre reasoning of Mr English, it would be alright for United Future to bring down the Government today over the proposed part-sale of Air New Zealand, but it was utterly wrong and vile of New Zealand First to threaten the same thing when Mr English was in office.

“It was the same sort of twisted thinking that led Mr English recently to warn his caucus against toppling his deputy, Roger Sowry, because that would mean Mr English would go too. That’s like strapping a large concrete block to your ankle and announcing you’re going for a swim.

“Mr English could develop commonsense by pausing, learning to breathe through his nose, and avoiding opening his mouth to let the wind wobble his tongue about.

“It is clear the pressures of leading a doomed party into its grave and seeing its former supporters sign up with United Future are proving too much for the normally-ordered mind of Mr English. Gerry Brownlee and Maurice Williamson would be doing everyone a favour – especially Mr English – if they carried out their much-touted leadership coup and allowed Mr English to rest up over the Christmas break,” said Mr Dunne.


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