Incite Politics

Separating National’s better angels from its inner demons

The spilt must be real. The emergence of a new force on the right cannot afford to be tainted by even the faintest whiff of inauthenticity. That any new right-wing party’s parliamentary representatives will, most likely, be National Party renegades and defectors poses huge – but not insuperable – obstacles to voter acceptance. If the new movement’s aims and objectives are sufficiently radical: offering centre-right voters a clear and decisive break with its predecessors’ deficient default-settings, then, eventually, cynicism will be laid aside and disbelief suspended.

But what force could possibly induce National Party supporters, members and . . .

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