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9:12 am, May 17th, 2019 - 207 comments
Categories: democracy under attack, journalism, national, newspapers, Politics, same old national, Simon Bridges - Tags: alfred ngaro
Looks like National has conceded that the nascent Blue Green party is a no goer.
The Herald has reported that National is considering allowing Alfred Ngaro to form another break away party this time with a definite christian conservative bent and also to take over the Botany electorate.
The coalition lifeline that National will need if it’s to have a chance at the next election looks set to come in the form of a Christian party led by one of its own, former Cabinet Minister Alfred Ngaro.
Talk within the party’s been rife for weeks now with Ngaro’s plan being well received and with the possibility of National standing aside, possibly in the Botany seat, where it has the strongest party vote by far.
The seat’s currently held by rebel independent MP Jami-Lee Ross who himself can’t take credit for the party vote. It was entrenched when the electorate came on to the political map in 2008 when it was won by Pansy Wong who, like the ignominious departure of Ross, also left in a blaze of publicity in 2011 over the misuse of Parliamentary travel expenses.
There’s a lot of Christian money in the electorate. It has a good number of Pacific Island churches in Otara to the west, a sizeable, conservative, Christian South African community and a significant number of Koreans and Taiwanese Christians.
There is also a strong Catholic presence with schools like Our Lady Star of the Sea School and Sancta Maria College.
Family First’s Bob McCoskrie was mentioned.
If this does occur it will show how National is prepared to engage in extremely cynically manipulative game playing of our democratic system for political gain.
Hopefully the electorate will see through it.