The post 2014 political environment could throw up some interesting scenarios.
Would John Key and Steven Joyce do a deal with Winston Peters to keep their power? Or would they take a principled position and go into opposition, sacrificing their careers for the good of the National Party.
Sources inside caucus say this is a topic that comes up regularly, and a number of MPs would rather go into opposition than do a deal with Winston. They point to the disastrous 1996 deal with Winston that screwed National for three terms, and don’t see why they should sacrifice principle to keep John Key and Steven Joyce in power.
I am starting getting the feeling that even if National tried to do a deal with Winston there would be a number in caucus who would cross the floor to oppose the deal.