Prime Minister John Key has shot down Winston Peters’ prediction that there will be an early election next year.
The NZ First leader said on Monday the government wouldn’t last a full term and would have to call an early election because it was having a bad run and had made too many mistakes.
Mr Key doesn’t think so.
“I genuinely haven’t made up my mind, I honestly haven’t considered it,” he told reporters.
“There’s nothing I can see that would indicate an early election, and on the basis of that it will be in the back half of next year.”
He challenged reporters to figure it out for themselves, saying he had always considered November was “a bit late” because of the APEC leaders’ meeting.
“You can work out dates when there’s not an All Black test match … you can probably work it out roughly within a few weeks or a month.”
Parties that call an early election are generally punished at the ballot box for acting selfishly. No way National would do that now, especially as they may not like the answer they’d get. But for Winston it would be perfect.
National under Key has in fact worked the other way by announcing it well in advance rather than keeping the date a secret with just days to go, thereby breaking what was essentially a bit of a tradition where the ruling party played silly buggers.
There are absolutely no signs of the Left pulling itself into a cohesive lot over the next 12 months. Labour are currently bleeding critical front line staff. They have run the numbers and know shifting National’s from the treasury benches is impossible. A fair number of people can’t face another losing campaign, especially with Ballsup Andy likely to be National’s secret weapon.
– NZN via Yahoo! News