Did Labour bother to check with Winston?

Labour and the Greens are seriously deluded if they think appealing to the hard-left will get themselves over the line against John Key.

They need Winston Peters and he isn’t playing ball.

NZ First leader Winston Peters rubbished the agreement.

“We do not like jack-ups or rigged arrangements behind the people’s back. We’ll go into this election, just ourselves and our policies seeking to change how this country is governed.”

Both Labour and the Greens’ supporters would be scratching their heads over the deal.

“Because this indicates that their policies are up for compromise – our policies most certainly are not.”

He would not answer whether NZ First would be part of a Labour-Green government, saying it was “mathematical crap“. He also refused to say whether he would campaign to remove the Government or Key, though he was critical of the prime minister.

However, he rejected the idea of playing “third fiddle” to Labour and the Greens.

Why would we pay third fiddle to a party we’re past? When you come in where we come in, you don’t play second fiddle to anybody – that’s not a statement of arrogance, that’s a fact.

I’ve said this for a long time but it seems not many people listen to me. Perhaps they will now.

There is one thing Winston Peters knows how to do, and he is usually pretty good at it. He knows how to count.

A coalition with two parties is better than a coalition with three parties, which is better than a coalition of two parties with support partners.

National plus NZ First easily beats everyone else together, and also has the added bonus for National voters of divorcing National from the demands of the Maori party, who are fair weather friends at best.

Winston Peters loathes the Greens and anyone who has sat down for a beer with him or a scotch will know that above all else he detests the Greens. He will happily shank them to prove a point.

What Labour and the Greens have done is make Winston Peters and NZ First a viable coalition partner for National, and Winston can play that up until the election by stating that only NZ First can hold National to account.

The centre-left can now happily vote for NZ First if they can’t stomach voting National. The centre won’t vote Labour because that means they get the Greens and the hard left will share a diminishing vote between the Greens and Labour.

John Key just got his fourth term, and Andrew Little has consigned the Labour party to another low score in the election.


– Fairfax

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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