The members are revolting. I know that is how Nick Smith sees them, but unlike other political parties in New Zealand the pollies ignore their members at their peril in the National party.
The members are incensed. Just last weekend at the CNI conference a remit was passed unanimously to defer the ETS. The remit was passed in committee so that is why it took a while to leak out. Nick Smith spent Sunday vigorously trying to defuse the ticking time-bomb of the members. It isn’t working.
No Minister has released details of two remits proposed for the Northern Regional Conference in two weeks.
REMIT 2 : MANUREWA
That the National Party give urgent consideration to the deferment of the E.T.S.
Accepted subject to requirement that Manurewa work with Tamaki (Remit 5) on a joint proposal.
REMIT 5 : TAMAKI
That the Emissions Trading and the Carbon Credit Tax Schemes be delayed, until the money trail and the proposed benefits are clearly identified.
Accepted subject to requirement that Tamaki work with Manurewa (Remit 2 )on a joint proposal.
The Members aren’t happy Nick and John. They are in fact revolting. Best you deal with it. With CNI and Northern backing such remits, there is every chance that the parliamentary wing may well have policy foisted on them by the party, and they won’t like that. This sort of thing always happens when the parliamentary wing gets too big for their boots. This is why the party needs a President that stands up to caucus rather than bends over and presents his rear-end.
In the National Party the caucus ignores the party at its peril. Any board candidate that proposes dealing to caucus will be a strong contender.