The ODT reckons Act is rearranging deck chairs on a political Titanic.
The woman coming in to help bail out the party after David Garrett walked the plank is Hilary Calvert of Dunedin.
Ms Calvert was a sole practice lawyer, specialising in property law, until recently. . .
. . . “I guess lawyers always find their way into Parliament partly because they care a lot about the structure of society and how it’s run and partly because they understand the laws and things a bit differently,” she told NZPA last month.
She left law to get into something more community focused and had been thinking about what to do, Ms Calvert said.
Parliament would be a good option — “that certainly counts as a serious community commitment”.
It also counts as dedication to the cause because it’s probable that she’ll be disrupting her life for what could be a very short term position.
Act’s chances of still being in parliament at all after the next election aren’t great and if the party survives it’s likely to have fewer than its current quote of five MPs.
Last on doesn’t necessarily mean first off, but Ms Calvert has only a few months to earn a higher place on the list and that would mean leap frogging other MPs. Unless someone steps aside voluntarily that would mean even rougher seas for the party.