it has been amusing seeing nats reacting in horror at the very idea of a union with peters..
it’s hard to understand their protestations actually..(apart from obvious pre-election posturings..)
i mean peters came from the nats..he went with the nats last time he had a choice..why wouldn’t he do it again..?
and it’s a match made in heaven really…the grumpy anxious xenophobes/harkeners to the past, of nz first..and those of a like mind in national…
they’ll all be neatly marginalised/ghettoised and could become known as the sullen rump of new zealand politics…..quite big, always there..but always left behind..
and of course this all fits very tidily into my thesis of the upcoming disintergration/splintering of national party support…(this mainly because national means nothing, and has no ideological core/theme apart from ambition..tied around a plaintive “we’d be better than them” cry..)
and seeing dunne doing a credible pitch for the ‘middle of the road’ voter on agenda this morning should also ring alarm bells for national..
(middle of the road’ has obviously replaced ‘common sense’ as the mantra for dunne for this outing..sensible really; avoids awkward questions like “what good did common sense do for us?”….
i mean, who will national have left..?
and of course the one fact everyone should meditate on and what should cheer some of the smaller parties is that last election 40% of voters split their vote..
i reckon it’ll be bigger this time out, but even if not, that is still a decent sized pie waiting to be carved up..
and which permutation/formula the voters will eventually come up with is perhaps the hardest to call..ever..