Gman has analysed the National Party and come up with a eight point plan. Pretty sensible stuff.
Here’s how he thinks the Nats should deal with ACT, NZ First and the Greens.
“Maintain policy towards the Greens, New Zealand First and ACT;
National should ignore ACT. ACT will take care of itself now that Rodney has a power base and will return to Parliament. National’s big mission will be to maximize its vote–not to do deals to help others out.
I think the two major stories of the next election will be NZ First and the Greens. Both are in clear and present danger of being wiped out.
Here’s how National should wipe them out–ignore them. Ignore them as if they were not even there. Just as I said before the election, the Greens in particular must howl cries of delight whenever National attack them because that is the only way they can get real coverage (the media will give them oodles of human interest space, but that doesn’t win votes).
Attacks from National are to the greens what sunlight is to plants. It is better to swallow a lemon now, turn off the sun and let the greens die later. Only attack or even mention the Greens when they royally screw-up, like when they light fires knowing there is a fire ban.”