Yesterday when the PM announced that there would be no ‘deal’ with Colin Craig and the Conservative Party, to his credit Colin Craig said he preferred it that way. To his shame he stated the party would also consider entering a coalition with the Labour Party after the election.
Those circumstances could only arise if the Conservatives reached 5% of the popular vote and held the balance of power in a hung parliament. A coalition with Labour would inevitably mean a coalition with the Greens and Mana, two parties that are on the Marxist end of the New Zealand political spectrum.
This begs the question, ‘what does it mean to be a conservative’? What does the brand stand for if its politicians can equally coalesce with both sides of New Zealand politics? On that basis, how is a vote for the Conservatives any different than a vote for Peter Dunn and United Future?
The Herald Editor suggested that Colin didn’t mean what he said. Surely that’s nonsense. When it comes to aspiring politicians expressing their views on forming political allegiances, we must take them at their word.
If he didn’t mean what he said, then it was a stupid statement. It confirms my view that nice guy he may be, but Colin is a political liability - the Forrest Gump of New Zealand politics.