Cunliffe can’t count

David Cunliffe reckons that he will only have “3 parties max” in his government.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says there will be a maximum of three parties in any Government he leads, and has ruled out including the Maori Party at the Cabinet table.

Speaking to Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking this morning, Mr Cunliffe said he intended to only include the Green Party and NZ First in any government.

Asked if he was also ruling out the Maori Party, he said he would possibly talk to Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell after the election but “I just won’t have them in Government.”

He did not believe Mr Flavell would opt to side with Labour if it was in a kingmaker position, despite Mr Flavell saying they were open to working with either side and would take their lead from what Maori voters wanted.

“People need to know before the election that a vote for the Maori Party is a vote for the National Party.”

He would not rule out a lower level arrangement with internet-Mana, but repeated his claim that they would not hold any ministerial or other executive positions.

curiappa2He won’t deal with the Maori party?

But will cut a deal with internet Mana?

He will need them in any case…there simply aren’t enough numbers on the board for any on the left to get across the line without the support at the least from Internet Mana.

Cunliffe can’t count, which is an essential skill for a politician to have.

In the Curia Poll of Polls the 3 parties that Cunliffe says will make up his government are: Labour on 25.7%, Greens on 12.6% and NZ First on 5.2%.

Quite apart from the fact that Winston Peters loathes the Greens those parties only add up to 44.5%.

David Cunliffe cannot form a government on that basis, he must out of necessity include others with support agreements and guarantees of supply. That means they are also part of the government.

He is just using semantics to say otherwise.

basically David Cunliffe can’t count.


– NZ Herald


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