Key smiling all the way to another 2017 victory

John Key is laughing so much he needs Bill English’s pain meds to stop the aching muscles in his side.

You can see he is chipper by the way he slaughters Andrew little and Grant Robertson every day in the house. Now that the Greens and Labour have announced they are getting married he is even more happier than usual.

Labour’s alliance with the Greens means it’s moving out of the middle ground of New Zealand politics, Prime Minister John Key says.

“The more they want to do that, the happier I’ll be,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Labour and the Greens announced on Tuesday they had agreed to work together in the lead-up to next year’s election.

They aim to present themselves as a stable government-in-waiting, but the agreement doesn’t go as far as running a joint campaign.  

Mr Key says it’s further confirmation that Labour is moving towards the left, and towards the “extreme position” held by the Greens.

“I think they are vacating the middle ground and I think middle New Zealand will see that,” he said.

“What it shows is what we have been seeing for quite some time – Labour’s decision making and policies in areas like trade, to a certain degree security, and in other areas, have been moving more towards the Greens’ position.”

The Greens are toxic, and National and Key know that.

Winston Peters is ecstatic too, he won’t need to be king maker, he can throw that media construct aside and start to more to paint himself as the one person who can keep John Key’s National party honest.

The 2017 election is John Key’s to lose, because Labour certainly won’t be making much of a challenge of it.


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