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Chris Trotter: Bill English’s legacy of Catholic-flavoured conservatism

Bill English's departure signals a waning of Catholic influence in the National Party. In its place, expect to see a return to the party’s historical roots in the hard-core Protestant conservatism of New Zealand’s proud Scotch-Irish heritage. The conservatism of Bill Massey – the Reform Party leader who rescued New Zealand’s farmers and businessmen from the revolutionary socialism of the “Red” Federation of Labour in 1912-13 . . .

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