National's List Ranking, Ctd – An unruly caucus

As posted in July caucus is going to be a lot more difficult to manage for National.

Until now the threat of a bad list place has meant many list MPs have towed the line. This threat is now void. The next threat, membership of cabinet, is only going to be good until the PM announces cabinet in the new term. Those who have been in parliament since 2005 or earlier and who don?t make it will realise that they are never going to make it, so won’t feel obliged to be good team players.

The new intake will also not be that concerned about the team. They have almost no chance of making cabinet in this administration, and the quickest way to the front bench for them is for National to lose and senior MPs to retire. So don?t expect them to behave, because it is not in their best interests too. Politicians have an uncanny knack of only ever working in their best interests to the exclusion of anyone else.

Pollyannas who think MPs are good team players should look at how Helen Clark gutted the Labour Party and how rooted Labour is now. They should also look at John Key?s stance on the MMP referendum, where it is clear that National will become the Natural Party of Opposition if MMP is returned but Key won’t do anything about it because it doesn?t affect him.