Art of war
The political shack-up of ‘‘inconvenient convenience’’ between the Mana and Internet Parties is a left-of-centre political masterstroke, a manoeuvre that Sun Tsu, The Art of War author, would be proud of.
Sun Tsu wrote that ‘‘the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself’’.
For months, the National Party has remained catatonically static regarding forming meaningful alliances with other right-ofcentre-parties, apparently aloof to the now well-telegraphed flanking movement against them.
However, such electoral complacency would now appear to have reached it’s use-by date and with about 100 days to go before election day, it seems the National Party now have a critically important phone call to make.
National better hope that the Conservative Party of New Zealand has not set its phone to ‘‘block caller’’ because as Sun Tsu says, ‘‘Quickness is the essence of the war’’.
The National Party, like it or not, are now in a war and allies are in very short supply. Steve Taylor