If this weekend's National Party conference runs true to
recent form - and there is no obvious reason why this year's
gathering of the clan will depart from that script - it will
be so stage-managed that any vitality or vibrancy will have
been sucked out of the affair before it has even begun.
In the public's mind, Colin Craig's confession that aspects
of his relationship with his former press secretary, Rachel
MacGregor, were ''inappropriate'' begs only one question:
just how inappropriate?
National needed a good Budget. It got one. The Budget was a
rock of certainty and continuity in a sea of almost surreal
politics played out most visibly and vividly by the Prime
Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.