If National want Colin Craig in Parliament, they will need to gift him a seat. Not cup of tea give, an outright gift, with no National candidate running. The public wont accept another cup of tea, and probably wont vote for Colin anyway.
John Armstrong suggests National may have to placate Mark Mitchell, in order to tank Rodney for Colin Craig.
Tanking a seat is a big call, but watch the desperation of National when they realise they made a horrible mistake by not doing a David Cameron on the electoral referendum. Steven Joyce will do a deal with the devil to preserve his own power, and if this means tanking a seat he will try. How the public react is another matter, as it looks shabby and shameless – because it is shabby and shameless.
Colin ran in Rodney last election, and he might ask for that. The problem for National is there is a strong local infrastructure and a new MP in Mark Mitchell who will see no reason why he should walk away from his seat to preserve John Key and Steven Joyce’s power.
The better bet will be East Coast Bays, where Murray McCully has no electorate infrastructure, no team and is far more likely to walk away for a safe list position and a senior portfolio or a major job overseas. Word on the street is Muzza is a big fan of the Folies Bergere, loves the refinement of the French or at the very least French crumpet, and would take a dive for a major job in Paris.
Colin wont be able to win a seat even if National withdraw from one totally unless he stops running his own campaigns, gets some experienced professionals in, and works for six months on the hustings.