Love him or loathe him, it's hard to deny that the New Zealand political landscape is a much more interesting place when Sir Bob Jones makes an appearance. And so our ears pricked up when Jones appeared in print yesterday to lambast the government over the Electoral Finance Act.
Describing the EFA as "the most despicable thing I think I have seen in my lifetime in this country", Sir Bob has set the stage for a showdown with the government. And who would bet against him doing it?
Jones says that he will vote National for the first time since 1981. So it's also worthy of note that Jones has a habit of backing winners. His first foray into politics was in 1975 where he helped propel Sir Robert Muldoon to victory after setting up a group of Muldoon supporters to nullify Citizens for Rowling. He later fell out with Muldoon, and is probably best remembered for having formed the New Zealand Party in 1984, taking enough of National's vote to allow the Lange-led government to take power. He is just the kind of foe that Labour could do without right now.