The National Party has always been a broad church party.
It understands the importance of a strong membership base and understand that encompasses a wide range of views.
Not all of those views can, or should, be translated into policy or practice.
Some should be but MMP requires not only the swallowing of dead rats, it also requires the parking of some good policy which would be politically unpalatable.
The power under MMP is in the middle.
That’s why Labour’s lurch to the left is not gaining it any traction in the polls and why National’s centre right policies are helping it maintain popularity.
That’s not just good for the party, it’s good for the country.
The government is moving in the right direction and taking people with it.
That’s a far better strategy for enduring change and electoral success than a more radical approach which would appeal to some members but alienate voters.