No matter that they have yet to announce any candidates (other than a failed Auckland Mayoral candidate who tried to recruit Don Brash to lead his herd of wannabees). No matter that their Party website, pretty on colours and full of platitudes, is devoid of serious policy. No matter that their commitment to a balanced budget (whatever that means - all budgets are balanced) is hamstrung by their mantra of no asset sales. No matter that their hammering of the Government of the level of debt totally fails to take account of the two ChCh earthquakes. It's as if they didn't happen or perhaps their Jaffa leader didn't notice.
No matter that their social policies appear to be based on a 1950s view of the world which probably reflects their thinking. But NZL is not, like them, stuck in a 1950s time warp. Government (any Government) has to deal with the here and now rather than hankering back to times long gone.
Many of you will recall the line by Nigel Hawthorne playing Sir Humphrey Appleby, GCB, KBE, MVO, MA (Oxon) in 'Yes Minister' when discussing the White Paper and his comment that the name was much more important than the contents which no-one read anyway.
Seems like the so called Conservatives have gone for the name when, if you analyse their policies (or lack of), they come across as a clone of Winston First, albeit without the corruption.