They say that desperate times call for desperate remedies, or something like that. And a post we've seen at No Minister this afternoon has crystalised our thinking.
As regular readers will no, we're broadly supportive of the direction of the John Key-led government. But we remain strongly opposed to the coming-into-force of the Emissions Trading Scheme on 1 July 2010. We still can't see the sense in it. The science which underpins the ETS is far from settled, and the whole issue of Anthropogenic Global Warming or Climate Change or whatever else it's called now leaves us feeling very uncomfortable.
So, we're going to rejoin the National Party. We were last members for a couple of months prior to the 1999 election; prior to that, we haven't belonged to ANY political party since of Young Nats days of the mid-to-late 1970's when we helped the late John Lithgow unseat the late Joe Walding in Palmerston North in 1975, only to get ousted the following election!
Why are we joining the Nats? Well, like Adolf, we reckon that the rank and file needs to send a message to John Key and Nick Smith pretty darned quickly. The Central North Island conference did that at the weekend, with a unanimous vote on a remit to defer the ETS. The Auckland region has a conference in a couple of weeks with two anti-ETS remits already on the agenda. It would appear that the rank and file has had a gutsful, as have we.
We've always reckoned that it was easy, if you'll pardon the turn of phrase, to piss on the tent from outside. The hard thing is to get oneself inside the tent and lobby for change from within, but we're sufficiently motivated on this issue to do just that.
Watch this space ...