COMMENT:

The stars seem to be aligning in favour of the establishment of a socially conservative Christian-based political party, making it more than just a vague possibility. However, some big hurdles remain in place before the National Party can be hopeful that it has a new coalition-friendly party to help it into office at the next election.

Barry Soper broke the story on Friday, reporting that "Talk within the party's been rife for weeks now with [Alfred] Ngaro's plan being well received" – see: National needs friends ... Is former Cabinet Minister Alfred Ngaro the answer?

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Botany

The ideological landscape

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Alfred Ngaro's leadership

Gap in the party system

Risk of "dirty deal" backlash

Risk of National tarnishing its brand