Apparently Act leader Rodney Hide has had a political epiphany due to his experiences in Dancing with the Stars, and claims he’s ‘saying goodbye to the finger-wagging and perk-busting that had characterised his career since he bowled into parliament’. According to the Sunday Star-Times he now wants to ‘seek strategic alliances with all-comers, even Labour’, and the party is moving away from a focus on economic rationalism. Like every other party, it seems that Act is moderating heavily and going green. But it’s hard to see what the point of Act will be. At least the old (and much larger) Rodney Hide’ used to provide a bit of humour and spark in Parliament, and it’d be disappointing to see that go. But in the SST article he still has barbs for some Labour politicians, such as Jonathan Hunt’s professed concern for the “working man”: ‘He wouldn't know a working man if he fell over one. I've watched Jonathan around working people ... he looks down on them."