National’s popularity is down to two things- the population of NZ has been incrementally “leftisized” over the last few decades, and they have marketed themselves to appeal to this leftism. A flawed path. They should have articulated arguments against the left and drawn the population back to the political perspective the Nats were once proud to stand for.
This failure to articulate their true political position has made the National Party a sham party. They now stand for little and thereby there is little to differentiate them from the Labour party.
Evidence of this lies in their abject submission to so many left wing ideals, and the inherent dishonesty wherein they still project themselves as a party of the right, when the reality is they’re hard left.
Remember John Keys arrogant disregard and the left wing language he used in attacking those upset by Labour’s misnamed “anti-smacking” bill. Keys sad supplication to the racist Maori Party. His content with all of the trappings of socialism left to him by Labour.
The newly established Conservative party is the only antidote to socialism. That National’s sycophants on the blog No Minister are attacking it with cowardly lies and smears is more proof that the Conservatives are a threat to the National Socialists.
Recent polling by Horizon puts the Conservative Party at 4%. Support them. It will not be a wasted vote, for every percentage point the Conservatives can score will put a greater dread in the stomachs of the National/ Labour revolving door partnership.