It’s great that the msm have caught up to the prediction the Daily Blog has been making for months now that Key will cut a deal with Colin Craig as National’s possible coalition partners go down the drain.
Dunne’s political credibility is too damaged to make a serious contribution post 2014, if Charles Chauvel returns in the new year to run in Ōhariu, then Dunne is gone. If Charles doesn’t return to run, Dunne will probably lose the seat to the National Party candidate, Katrina Shanks.
Banks was thrown to the wolves in his private prosecution by a conservative judge meaning that the judiciary have taken a dim view of the old boys police network that protected Banks. That doesn’t bode well for the Member from Epsom and the time is now ticking on his implosion and demise. With ACT bleeding to death in the gutter, National are more likely to simply take Epsom back and watch the free market far right die off altogether.
The Maori Party are in the last throes of their death as a political movement following their disastrous relationship with National. Their latest gasp to try and reach some agreement with MANA is too little too late, if MANA and Labour cut a deal, it will be the end for them as a movement.
So that leaves National with either NZ First or the Conservative Party. Anyone watching Parliament Question Time of late will see Key really sticking it to Winston which is a sizable change in tune to what Key was previously sending out. This new found hostility is a sign that the strategists have decided an empowered Craig in an electorate seat with a sub 5% threshold representation is a smarter move for them.
This may require gerrymandering the new Auckland electorate, but that’s something National are comfortable doing.
With inequality growing faster and wider than at any other time in our country’s history, there is no middle ground any longer in NZ politics, the 2014 election will be decided by the extremes, either MANA or Conservative Party.