Colin Craig shot to the fore in the wake of the 2008 election. A little known Auckland businessman with millions of dollars to burn. He wanted to change New Zealanders views about gay marriage and about the implementation of the Resource Management Act.
To him in a 2012 interview given late at night supporting homosexuality was not good form. At that point, regardless of what else was said, I was lost to the Conservative Party on the grounds that I had just heard something that my several friends of same sex orientation would have cringed at.To Mr Craig, this was somehow intolerable. It reminded me of the Destiny Future movement in 2004, desperate enough to launch a very public movement for the stopping of Civil Unions, which succeeded in being passed the following year. Although their campaign was loud and bold, catching the interests of a large number of people, Mr Crai thought was crippling the ability of the country to raise its G.D.P. to a necessary level.
Mr Craig came to my attention in 2012. At the time we were settling in as a nation to the idea of National having a second term in office, and Labour not being good enough to take all the damage that was absorbed. Its allies, the Greens and New Zealand First had to take much of the heat.
But the real question, as I mentioned earlier is where to from here for the conservative movement?
It is an interesting question. Whilst not caring much for either the socialist or conservative wings of American politics, and very much being in favour of common sense built on a few basic but unalterable premises, I think I could be forgiven for asking this question with no malicious intent involved. As New Zealand politicians tend to look towards European nations or American ones, rather than at our own people for guidance on what to expect for foreign policy, I can safely say that this is not my preferred choice.
Will a New Zealander of some standing seize the day and make it their own by coming out with a political platform that people can identify with? Will a conservative/Christian Party rise to challenge National or will some coalition allies get into Parliament?
But it is one only conservative politicians in New Zealand who can answer. The next questions must therefore be about this party revives and when it elects to do so. With that borne in mind, who is first?