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Colin Craig

Colin Craig

According to the latest poll Mr Craig has good reason to celebrate. I know Cam says better the Bad ( Winston ) than the Mad ( Colin ) but on an emotional level I prefer Mr Craig. Winston burnt his bridges with me when he lied about my favourite politician Judith Collins. I hope Colin ends up the King maker simply because I despise Winston.

Colin Craig is on the march, just 0.3 percent away from walking into Parliament according to the latest 3 News-Reid Research poll.

But Mr Craig has his sights set higher than that 4.7 percent he’s polled.

“I think we’ll end up 6 or 7 percent – that’s my goal,” Mr Craig says.

Prime Minister John Key didn’t want to help them by giving Mr Craig an electorate seat, but now it seems they could get there anyway and save Mr Key from having to rely on Winston Peters.

“We accept that under MMP there are other parties we’re always going to negotiate with, and we indicated right at the start of the year the Conservatives was potentially one of those,” Mr Key says.

In the latest 3 News-Reid Research poll, to pass laws, Mr Key would need to resort to Mr Peters – a difficult customer.

Or Mr Key could rely on the Maori Party to sign off every law.

“In the last six years, in one sense, we have provided stable Government and yet put the handbrake on some legislation we didn’t think was appropriate,” co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says.

Party standings:

National: 46.7 percent (up 0.3)
Labour: 26.1 percent (up 0.2)
Green Party: 13 percent (up 0.4)
New Zealand First: 5.9 percent (up 0.1)
Conservative Party: 4.7 percent (up 0.5 percent)
Internet Mana: 1.7 percent (no change)
Maori Party: 1.3 percent (down 0.7)
ACT Party: 0.3 percent (down 0.3)
United Future: 0.1 percent (no change)
Translated into seats:

National: 59
ACT Party: 1
United Future: 1
Labour: 33
Green Party: 17
Internet Mana: 2
New Zealand First: 7
Maori Party: 3
Margin of error +/- 3.1 percent.

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