After being tricked into standing in East Coast Bays because he was led to believe a deal with National was possible, you would think Colin Craig would throw the towel in after being so cleverly trapped by John Key.
Gleefully he is not.
Colin has decided that the promised land is 5% and that he will aim for that instead. His attack on the sale of Lochinver Station is NZ First territory and for Progressives, the idea of watching NZ First and the Conservative Party ripping each other to pieces will be a treat if it keeps them both under 5%.
Colin has raised several million for this election, let’s hope that money is enough to divide the conservative vote in NZ.
In terms of Winston, I actually think Patrick Gower has it right on this. The rise of Internet MANA has been far larger than many expected and its rise has spooked the Winston Peter’s horse. Winston’s weasel words would allow a Green-Labour-NZ First Government with supply and confidence from Internet MANA but Winston knows his conservative older voters wouldn’t agree to that.
NZ First have to look like they might still go with Labour to keep their political leverage up, but if the meme becomes a vote for Winston is a vote for National, the momentum for a change of Government will flow away from NZ First and Winston will be left to scrap it out with Colin for the Conservative vote.
Unluckily for Winston, Colin intends to get a pound of flesh for his being duped, and if it means robbing National of NZ First as a coalition partner without getting the Conservative Party into Parliament, so be it.