Winston Peters is the man of the moment, especially since Colin Craig is going down in a blaze of ignominy.
Prime Minister John Key has signalled he’ll announce before next year’s election that he’s prepared to work with NZ First to form a government if he has to.
Mr Key ruled out working with NZ First leader Winston Peters before the 2008 and 2011 elections, but changed his attitude before the 2014 election.
He didn’t need to work with Mr Peters post-election in 2014 because he had enough support elsewhere to form a government.
Asked on Tuesday what his position would be next time, he replied it was “very unlikely” NZ First would be ruled out.
“It’s highly likely we’ll go in and say we’ll work with parties that will work with National – that won’t be the Greens because they’ve gone into an agreement with Labour,” he said.
Labour leader Andrew Little also says he’s prepared to work with NZ First post-election, and considered Mr Peters to be a man of his word.
John Key has little or no choices here. People are sick of Peter Dunne. ACT is largely ineffectual. I’m not sure the Maori party will even exist.
If it comes down to Winston or out the choice won’t be John Key’s it will be his caucus who will cut his throat in the time it takes to slam the door on a ministerial limousine.