despite all the denials and howls of protest from national party shills and others (including peters), if push came to shove of course national would do a deal with peters..and if (as i expect), they will each have a similar number of mps, of course they would agree to a deal of half-term pm for peters (even full term if the numbers fall right for peters)..
the reason why they will do this is because power is all..and anything is better than another term in opposition..
so a nz first/national/act/united future grouping looks entirely likely..(despite the many political and personal aversions)
(n.b. just as i reckon act will get back in on the back of the collapse of support for national…i reckon united future may well do better than currently predicted..my reasoning on this is that dunne has studied the christian rights successes in america and will be using many of their proven successful tactics in his campaigning..and in the confusions of the campaign i’m picking he will plug into that core of reactionary conservatism and could well get traction).
and of course both national and peters will hose down this idea..both for different but similar reasons…