I’ve got to admit there are days I wonder whether the National Party really have swung leftward. I mean I know they are a party of spin and I know they have enacted some nasty rightwing legislation but when I see them putting the minimum wage up, dancing with drag queens and hobnobbing with iwi I start to think that old school reactionary right might finally be on the outs and “that nice man, Mr Key” might be the real face of National.
On days like this I pop over to David Farrar’s blog and have a read through their comments. It’s like my barometer of National and Act’s far right activist base. The way I figure it is that if Key really is dragging the National Party (and thus its coalition partner Act) left then the bigots that make up Kiwiblog’s comments section will be absolutely rabid.
But they’re not. Which makes me think that the signal to the base is “trust us, there is an agenda to come.”
Well, either that or the whole Kiwiblog Right have been suckered by their own side.