Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Has “no mates” National found a friend at last?

Has “no mates” National found a friend at last?

As the 2008 General Election approaches, for many commentators, the contest is all over bar the shouting.

Repeated polls show that the lead the National Party currently holds over the incumbent Labour Party is now so large, the word is that National “could govern alone”.

Observers of political history are aware that as the General Election date draws closer minor parties within our MMP environment come into their own, boosted by a concentrated media presence and an electorally attentive audience. The large mainstream parties correspondingly lose a percentage of their voting bloc and reduce their majority hold, as citizens begin to ponder potential coalition partners or confidence and supply supporters for the larger parties.

Even a casual glance of the make up of our current Parliament illustrates a simple fact: while the Labour Party has recently had a historical coalition or confidence and supply arrangement with a total of 5 parties within the House of Representatives (New Zealand First, Greens, United Future, Maori Party, and Progressives), the National Party has only 1 small party (ACT) that it could legitimately call on as a current ally. However, the fact that ACT may only have the potential of 1-2 seats and a relationship with National that has not been smooth since Rodney Hide took over the Party does not provide the answer National will need.

This being the case, it is feasible that even if the National Party won the 2008 General Election, it could risk losing a winning majority in Parliament, owing to our MMP environment, and the myriad of partnership options available to the Labour Party.

In 2008 however, the National Party may be able to call on a new player in the political field that is extending a potentially dedicated hand of friendship – The Kiwi Party.

For the first time in an MMP environment, a political party is laying its collective cards on the table, and informing the Electorate not only of its preference for a coalition partner (National), but also of its outright rejection of the political status quo (Labour).

In 2005, many voters became increasingly frustrated with so called “centrist” parties that would not declare their legislative allegiances prior to the Election, making voting for a “centrist” party a glorified democratic lottery.

The Kiwi Party, headed by former MP Larry Baldock, aims to crystallise the parties potential coalition intent, and do so early.

“The desire of Kiwi’s to see a change of Government in 2008 has now reached a groundswell which is impossible for any rational person to ignore. The Kiwi Party wish to ensure that the Electorate is aware that we support the National Party in securing the Government benches in 2008, with the Kiwi Party being seen as a potential secure coalition or confidence and supply partner. With the National Party so far in front of Labour, the key choice in the voters mind is likely to turn to who they would like to support National in a coalition arrangement – frankly, I believe that the Kiwi Party is the party best suited for such an arrangement. The Kiwi Party is however also mindful of some of the harsher legislative policies that the National Party chose to pursue in the 1990’s, so I also see us as being a responsible social and economical mediating influence on National” says Mr Baldock.

If this “declare your hand early” strategy of the Kiwi Party gains traction with the Electorate, the National Party looks to now have a better chance of winning both the 2008 Election, and the House of Representatives, without being held to ideological ransom in the process.

ENDS

www.kiwiparty.org.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election