Someone’s found a couple of spare D batteries and reanimated Winston Peters. ¬†I haven’t seen him this energised since he denied Owen Glenn had given his party some extra pocket money.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has accused the Green Party of attempting to destabilise the Labour Party over its approach to Labour for a pre-election coalition agreement.
Labour leader David Cunliffe this week rejected the Green proposal for the two parties to campaign as a “Labour-Greens Government” in waiting, preferring to stick with a “Labour-led Government”. But he has said he expected to negotiate a coalition agreement with the Greens after the election.
Mr Peters said Labour was right to reject it and saw it for what it was.
“You have an attempt by one party to destabilise another party by seeming to offer friendship and collaboration in a deal before the election campaign has even started, knowing full well that the other party has not invited that and does not want that. What do you call that? I call it unsuccessful politics.
“I think the Labour Party saw it for what it was and they are probably relieved.
“I am not surprised it was rejected.”
Mr Peters said the Greens would have known what Labour’s response would be and therefore putting up the proposal and making it public was “an attempt to torpedo the strategy of another party”.
To be honest, Labour and Greens fighting in public is a bit like a couple that are only together for the kids. ¬†The love just isn’t there, and every ¬†move is one out of self interest while forgetting the children will be the ones that suffer. ¬† Read more »