Douglas reminds me of one of those unrepentant politicians who hangs around long past their use-by date justifying their crimes to anyone who will listen.
In my view, he almost deserves jail for the damage he and his conspirators did to New Zealand.
Instead, we give him two taxpayer-funded pensions and an MP's salary. Not bad to have three streams of state income at the same time telling us we must stomp out bludging. To rub salt in our wounds, he got a knighthood.
Now, we're not a huge fan of Sir Roger Douglas, especially this latest incarnation, which we reckon has harmed Act's brand every bit as much as Rodney Hide's overseas travel. But McCarten's contention that Douglas "almost deserves jail for the damage he and his conspirators did to New Zealand" is absurd. The fourth Labour Government was faced with an unprecedented currency crisis, and its bold measures to transform the New Zealand economy came at a cost, but were largely necessary. If anything, Douglas and co perhaps proceeded with too much haste.
And clearly, Matt McCarten has forgotten about bridge-building for the Mana Party as he has written today's column; perhaps the folly of wearing too many hats. Is he REALLY suggested that Phil Goff, leader of the Labour Party and former Douglas acolyte "almost deserves jail"? That does not seem to be a very sound foundation on which to base post-election discussions in the unlikely event that Goff is able to cobble together a government in late November.
And let's not forget that statistic we unearthed in last week's post about asset sales; Labour only sold FOUR of its seventeen state assets before Roger Douglas resigned as Finance Minister. But Phil Goff sat around the Cabinet table and voted for the sale of each and every one. Now WE are not advocating that Goff be thrown into a dungeon; we'll leave that for Matt McCarten. But do leopards REA:LLY change their spots to that extent?