Those of us astute enough always saw the popularity of the Conservative Party increasing, and few are surprised that Colin Craig is looming as the Nat’s only real coalition partner. For a couple of years now we have had to endure the scorn of the progressive forces that rule National, but now they’re feasting on feathers.
They knew better you see. Turns out that they didn’t. Key and his mates were busy sneering at the Conservatives and calling them crazy and voting for the redefinition of traditional marriage and smugly proclaiming their victory over “bigotry”, when all the while they were digging an electoral hole for themselves.
Don’t think for a minute that National’s ruling clique are happy about this outcome. It is only that Craig has managed to scrape together the votes that has forced National’s hand. It has helped that (as Paddy Gower says), the votes boosting the CP have been at the expense of National.
So with Craig having such electoral support, winning a seat will mean around four (or more) CP MPs. If National give him a seat to win. Which they have to do if they want a coalition partner with the numbers.
The CP will be the thin end of the wedge that I hope will one day drive the Nat/Labour revolving door Progressives from power. The irony is that it was the smug gloating arrogance of progs like Slater and Michael Williamson (for just two examples) that have driven this change. Their support and votes for marriage redefinition were the catalyst needed to kick off some real alteration to NZ’s depressing political direction.