Luke named Rodney above Michael Cullen, John Key and Bill English because he:
“ensured his own political survival and that of his party by winning the affluent Epsom seat from National…His feat was all the more outstanding because virtually every political pundit and at least one media poll, gave Hide no show in the seat.
Although ACT’s party vote entitled it to just one other MP, no other NZ MP achieved what Hide did this year-pulling his party back from the brink of extintion.
For this reason Hide ranks as the politician of the year“.
Rodney Hide has achieved more in opposition than most Cabinet Ministers ever achieve. Imagine what Rodney could do in cabinet or in a “confidence and supply” agreement with a reforming government.
Poli of the century?