Winston admits he would have gone with National


Winston Peters admits

…that a Labour-Greens Government was “never a mathematical possiblity”.

The only way Labour and the Greens had a chance of forming a Government was with NZ First, “and no one had talked to us”.

Whether Labour and the Greens’ failure to recognize their position was “arrogance or ignorance, it didn’t really matter because the net effect helped National”.

Mr Peters said National benefitted from the anti-Green paranoia which already existed and was exacerbated by the Greens demands to Labour including the finance portfolio in a new Government, two deputy prime ministers and an independent audit of Labour’s alternative budget.

To sheet it home, the Greens would not rule out having talks with National after the election, Mr Peters said.

Wasn’t that a nice right-initiated idea that managed to take hold at the time?  It frustrated the hell out of the Greens who were never considering anything of the sort.   There was a lot of desperation in the last few weeks, and some very silly moves were made to try and break the stranglehold that National had in spite of Dirty Politics.

…Labour failed to learn from the 2011 election that voters did not like its policies of introducing a new capital gains tax and raising the age of superannuation eligibility to 67.

“Frankly there is an old rule in politics – you don’t announce a tax before an election.”

Mr Peters said voters did not hear Labour’s explanations that those policies would not apply for some years.

“That’s how people are, they’re busy and they take impressions as much as they take facts.”

To paraphrase Winston:  People are stupid.   People don’t care.  Give them a simple message.

But Winston is just sore that he’s been denied his final 3 years in the troughts bobbing for baubles.

Sorry Winston, we won, you lost, you know the rest.


– Isaac Davison, NZ Herald

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