National’s refusal to engage on the electoral referendum means that the system preferred by all of National’s arch enemies (Labour, the Greens and the unions), MMP, is almost certain to be retained.
So this cycle when John Key is the most popular PM ever, and National’s vote is nearly double Labour’s Key is being forced to back John Banks in Epsom to ensure ACTs survival so if National doesn’t get 48% of the vote Key won’t end up with no coalition partners.
It is a bit like a couple of nervous sixteen year olds working out how to ask each other out, and undignified for a couple of New Zealand best know politicians.
The big questions for John Key is in 2014 and beyond who is going to support a National lead government? Will he be doing a macabre dance with Colin Craig in East Coast Bays to ensure the Conservatives can support a National lead government waning in popularity?