The Independent this week reports tension in United Future, as MPs grapple with the simple mathematical truth that with eight MPs and the party polling at only 2 or 3%, most of them are going to miss out. This has caused a certain amount of competition for the top three spots on the party list, which is also unveiling all the other tensions in the party. Such as the struggle to find a place for the now-affiliated Outdoor Recreation party, who polled 1.28% last election and therefore justifiably want some list placement payoff for delivering an MP's worth of voters. Or the tension over whether United Future is or is not a religious party; Dunne wants to be a broader, centrist and above-all mainstream party, while the fundamentalists and evangelicals who parasitised his party want a more Christian flavour.
It will be interesting to watch these tensions play out over the next few months. If we're lucky, we'll see some of the fundamentalists go off in a sulk, so that Dunne has another chance to build the sensible, mainstream, centre party that he wants, rather than simply being a vehicle for bigots and moralising loons.