We all know that National is mostly just Helen’s Labour Party policies with a few pet projects on the side. Â Smacking is still outlawed. Â A few power stations were half sold. Â And some gay people can now get married.
This leaves a fair chunk of National support with no real place to go. Â Most are devout believers in a Christian God. Â They love traditional ideas around family and the moral and value systems that brings with it.
The rise and fall of a number of “right of National” conservative or religious parties over the decades clearly show there is a 3-6% support for a party that is interested in pulling National to the right. Â And good grief, doesn’t National need a coalition partner like that now, with both Dunne and the Maori Party having abandoned their support for sensible RMA reform.
Why do conservative parties in New Zealand fail to get off the ground? Â Sadly, it’s because of the nutcase factor. Â Read more »