There will be no deal in Rodney

Colin Craig says he is expecting to do deal with National, despite costing them at the last election by failing spectacularly.

He hasn’t even had a meeting with John Key and no discussion have been held and he reckons he will get a deal.

They are probably commissioning one of their dodgy polls like last time, which proved to be total rubbish with Mark Mitchell, a newcomer, thrashing Colin Craig despite the massive media publicity that Craig garnered.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says he expects the National Party will stand aside for him in a seat in Auckland’s North Shore.

The National Party has not said it will, but Mr Craig said on past record it is likely National will reach an accommodation with him.

The Conservative Party has been touted as a likely coalition partner with National, if ACT can’t make it over the line following the resignation of Epsom MP John Banks. A seat for Mr Craig has been cited as a way of National gaining a majority after the September’s general election.

Mr Craig said he is likely to stand in one of three electorates: Upper Harbour, Rodney or East Coast Bays. ?

But National MPs representing North Shore electorates say they have no intention of standing aside.

But Rodney MP Mark Mitchell says he intends to run the hardest campaign he can. Murray McCully has said in the past that he has no intention of giving up his East Coast seat. Paula Bennett, who has received the National nomination for the newly created Upper Harbour has equally said she will not give it up to the Conservatives.

Prime Minister John Key has said he has not talked to Colin Craig about a deal, and Mr Craig acknowledges there have been no official discussions about it.

“I think what I’m looking at is on track record National will probably do something here. They certainly have in the past, as Labour have, because it’s about us having enough votes to form a government. I think National will stand aside somewhere.”

This is a the principled approach from John Key. He will announce who he will do a deal with before the election. This is in stark contrast to the rather cowardly way David Cunliffe is dodging trying to have to explain to voters that he will work with the Greens and more importantly that he will ride the coat tails of the Kaiser of Coatesville into parliament despite promising to abolish coat-tailing.

For Colin Craig though he can forget Upper Harbour, there is no way that Paula Bennett will give up that for Colin Craig. Likewise in Rodney. Mark Mitchell has stared down terrorists, thugs, drug dealers and general scum so a knock out fight is something he would relish.

That leaves McCully, frankly he is in his last election, and if he doesn’t bail before hand with the promise of Washington then he should go list only and East Coast Bays can be gifted to the Conservatives.