Those advocating for a coalition with the once forgettable, Just the Member for Tauranga, after the. Next GE, really need to do due diligence.
NZF have an unenviable record in Government. 25 years in existence and a gold card that is too often a licence to some transport options to print money, numerous roadblocks and hurdle creation on the path to progress is not much chop from all the palaver.
The party is a personality cult with all the levers within easy reach of citizen number one.
Hand picked to an extraordinary degree the very flexible list has a track record matching a mob of Kaimanawa brumbies awaiting a date with the cannery.
Meanwhile the leader of what in reality is Winston First, who was once touted as the likely first 'Maori' prime minister, has feet of clay. Lead the country, pfft he couldn't even manage a working relationship with his National Party colleagues in Caucus nearly a quarter of a century ago.
Tossing toys from his Tauranga Cot, resigned and stood again sans the Nat tag, successfully until eventually a more popular local, convinced the rather senior hoards that WP was for the knackers yard.
However he has hovered around the 'honeypot' since Bob "The Builder" Clarkson terminated his always transparently shallow desire to 'just be the mp for Tauranga', until years later the electors of Northland in cahoots with a NZLP increasingly desperate to land a punch on Teflon Johns chin, stood aside and in a moment of madness, elected the aging colleague of Walker J and Parrot G as their MP.
Now the wailing gets louder as the often neglected far North, come to understand electing a Hobby Poly just might have been stupid and the Government saddled with race based desires, and no ability to make serious changes to the RMA, not surprisingly have little interest in doing any North of the Brynderwyns.
Now, amidst the wrecked political carcass of the seemingly beyond resuscitation once great Labour Party, the mentally deranged are rearranging deck chairs in what could be an infantile pick up teams to theoretically build the coalition from hell.
Current polling has that nightmare scenario demanding the eviscerated remains of Labour, the politically neanderthal Melons, two variously orientated, at odds Maori mobs, and possibly even Possum Chameleon in a group that would make herding cats a much more attractive option.
While increasingly frustrated and disappointed with what National are delivering with particular reference to Findlayson, Nick Smith and Simon Bridges to name some, the alternatives are too frightening to contemplate.
The much trumpeted pledge from the MoU bunch on spending restraint is of very small comfort when one considers history, leopards and spots but with some of Winston First splashed into the mix taxpayers and patriots should be afraid, very afraid.
For my ever humble opinion, sitting it out could be the best option for Simon Swinglish, while preparing the rebuild. Sadly he seems to portray fence sitting and "just restin" as preferred options.