Pedro Gower coins Nationals poll driven pragmatism as â€śJoycificationâ€ť int he latest Metro Magazinr. What he does not do is go into how Steven Joyce is quietly killing off National by refusing to engage on the electoral referendum.
Rather than writing hagiographies of Joyce, journalists should be asking the same questions this blog has been asking. Under MMP who will Nationalâ€™s coalition partners be after 2014? Will National become the Natural Party of Opposition? How does Joyce expect to hold power in 2014 if ACT, United Future and the Maori Party all die?
It will be interest to see if Steven Joyce is warmly welcomed to the National Party conference in 2015 if National win 46% of the vote but end up in opposition because they have no coalition partners.