This weekend is the National Party Northern Region Conference. Obviously there will be a fair bit back slapping and carrying on congratulating Bill on his “visionary” budget, but some longer term questions need to be asked and delegates should ask them.
1. Number of MPs: In the last intake the Northern Region gained Goldsmith, Ngaro and Jiang on the list. The LNI lost Quinn and CW lost Gilmore. What will be done to restore the balance, especially in Christchurch where National has only one MP looking after constituent issues in the city, with the other MPs all being ministers.
If Nationals share of the vote falls in 2014, which is highly likely, will Northern lose MPs to compensate for the lack of MPs in Wellington and Christchurch?
2. Coalition Partners: Who are the coalition partners National will form a government with after the 2014 Election?
3. Red Seats: What is national going to do to get good people running in Red Seats when they have no chance of getting in to parliament on the list?
4. Professionalism: Will Peter Kiely stop demanding payment from National for legal work since he is so opposed to professionalism in campaigning? And is the President’s much vaunted drive for amateurism going to lead to a campaign team at HQ being entirely amateur?