It can be tough contributing to a right-wing blog, especially when the leader of your main party so often steals the clothes of the left.
There we were, last week, castigating Liarbour's carbon trading plan, pointing out how higher energy prices would hit our pockets, cost economic growth, while making neglible impact on global carbon emissions.
Only then to see National was happy with it too, even claiming Liarbour had stolen some of its policy.
This followed John Key commenting on New Zealand's relations with America, where he said only 'nuances' or something like it seperated him from Liarbour on foreign policy.
And then we see Bill English suggest the most modest of asset sales, rather than anything significant.
Peter Cresswell at Not PC has often derided "John Boy" as he calls him, pointing out the leading Gnat is little better than Dear Leader and policywise little seperates the two.
I don't want to go down this line yet, but the lack of difference between National and Liarbour is starting to worry.
If we want a National government, don't we want it to actually impose right-of-centre National policies and principles? Do we really want 'Labour-lite?'
So far, John Key has played a clever game and it has worked. He has maintained and built on the healthy lead in the polls that he inherited from Don Brash almost a year ago. He is preferred Prime Minister in some polls. John Key has learnt not to frighten the horses, or the sheep. He has learnt to avoid creating points of difference where Liarbour and its media friends can beat him with a stick.
However, there will come a time that people will realise that if there is so little to choose between National and Liarbour, why change? Your own consituency, you own party may lose motivation too and where will you be if your helpers choose not to knock on all those doors?
Over in Britain, the UK Tories now face a crisis. Dave Cameron was, like Key, fresh and new and exciting, but echoeing UK Liarbour has not worked. A boost in the polls eventually fell flat as in reality there was no substance behind the leader. You cannot rely on your opponent (Clark or Blair) being unpopular. Leaders can change.
Announcing 'green' policies, as the UK Tories did recently, as bad as anything Labour could come up with, did not help either. Now, with a new leader, UK Labour is streets ahead in the polls, that would see Gordon Brown re-elected with a larger majority.
True the UK Tories can lose support to the right, such as to the UK Independence Party, while in New Zealand ACT is certainly failing to grab the broad acres on the right as National steps ever left, but National and John Key need to note the perils of becoming 'Labour Lite'.
This is what Colin Espiner had to say yesterday, concerning Bill English and assett sales.
One of the problems of being a party without any policies is that when the leadership so much as raises a suggestion of what the party might do, it is scutinised within an inch of its life, as opponents and the media try to figure out what it might mean.
Espiner accepts National has done well in maintaining support by not giving Liarbour a stick, but notes:
It also leads to taunts that National is Labour-lite. There have been too many “me-too” responses from the Opposition lately, on everything from KiwiSaver to foreign policy to nuclear energy to climate change. Sooner or later, it has got to come up with some policy of its own. Preferably policy that differs from that of the Government.