The National party vs. The National caucus

This weekend’s conference is the only chance the party has to see the whole caucus together. This illustrates how little control a party has over their parliamentary wing, and the difference in their roles.

The party is set up to win elections. This is a very simple proposition, and everything it does comes directly from the need to win votes and elections.

The caucus is currently responsible for governing, and when it gets kicked out it will responsible for holding the government to account. Caucus always think the voters love them and their time in government is unlimited, but we all know that this is not true.

Caucus have a short term view about prolonging their power in the short term. The party has a long term responsibility for ensuring National’s is the dominant party of government over decades.

These roles often conflict, and right now is the biggest conflict in two decades. To be the dominant party of government requires an electoral system that National can actually be the government. If MMP is retained, and as this blog pointed out minor parties that would do deals with National leave the house, National will be forced to do a deal with the Greens or Labour to be in Government.

Party members need to be pointing this out to caucus, and that caucus’ cowardly approach not wanting to rock the boat by supporting a vote for change in 2011 and a change in system in 2014 is condemning National to decades in opposition.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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