Here’s the reality for 2020 – only two MPs out of 120 currently sit in Parliament outside of the government and outside of the National Party. And then one of those, ACT, only survives through National gifting him a seat.
The previously independent voices of the Greens and NZ First are now subservient to Labour. The middle of the road parties like United Future, the Alliance, and the Maori Party, are gone. In National’s case, they may have 55 MPs, but no one is ever willing to stand up to the Leader and it has become a one-man régime. A poorly performing one at that.
Politics doesn't need to be about parties constantly at war, forgetting who they serve. We can come up with political solutions that work for New Zealanders without resorting to Wellington's political games.