Vernon Small is the latest mainstream “journalist” chasing shadows and inventing scenarios to try to explain the collapse of the Conservative party.
Apparently there is a cabal of Nats working to destroy the Conservative party.
Bear in mind too the forces arrayed against him. It is not Labour or the Greens who are dismantling his party and his reputation, but an inside job aided and abetted by a cabal of the usual National suspects – whether sanctioned or not.
It’s not clear National wants to kill him off politically, but there are sound reasons why they might.
If he thrives against the odds and looks set to win more than 5 per cent in 2017 – and become an important support partner for National – he becomes a toxic target for the Opposition. They will use him as ammunition to attack a National-led Government in the same way National used Kim Dotcom and the Internet Party to scare centrist voters off Labour.
On the other hand, if he again falls shy of the 5 per cent threshold he weakens National’s chance of winning with about half his vote effectively crossing the aisle.