John Armstrong at NZ Herald reports:
Former Act leader Rodney Hide will not be delivering a farewell speech to Parliament because as far as he is concerned he is not retiring from politics.
He is instead being pushed out of the House by his successor.
Retiring MPs traditionally deliver a valedictory speech before the House rises for an election in which they review the highs and lows of their parliamentary career.
“I am not retiring,” Mr Hide said last night. “I did not choose to be pushed out.”
True, but many MPs leaving Parliament were pushed out.
For my part, I think it is a pity, as I’d like to hear what Rodney would have said in a valedictory.