Maybe Bill does have a no dickheads rule?

I have a sneaky suspicion that Bill English might just have a no dickheads rule.

That may explain why it is that David Seymour doesn’t yet have a deal on Epsom for this election.

ACT leader David Seymour says no Epsom deal has been made with the National Party ahead of this year’s election.

Usually parties only make it into Parliament if they get more than 5 percent of the vote, but a quirk in MMP means any party that wins a seat – even if it’s just one – is allowed to bring in more MPs if they get at least 1.2 percent of the vote.

In recent elections, National and ACT’s arrangement in the wealthy Epsom electorate has evolved from an implied endorsement to a direct one, with the former hoping the latter can bring in a few extra MPs.

But Mr Seymour told The Nation on Saturday says nothing’s been planned for this year’s vote.

“There’s no such thing as a deal,” he told host Lisa Owen. “You journalists love the idea that all the politicians make deals with each other.”

Mr Seymour might need a reminder that in 2014, the two parties worked closely together – then-Prime Minister John Key even raised $20,000 for Mr Seymour’s campaign. Mr Seymour said that didn’t constitute any formal arrangement.

“That’s not a deal – that’s just their self-interest.”

Whether it’s a deal or not, Mr Seymour says he expects new Prime Minister Bill English to take a leaf out of Mr Key’s book and give him the nod.

“I think they probably will.”

The problem for ACT however is they failed to bring in any extra MPs in 2014, and polling suggest they won’t this time either. But Mr Seymour isn’t daunted.

“I think we’re going to repeat our 2008 performance… five members of Parliament.”

Message for Mr Seymour…it’s from Darryl Kerrigan…he says Tell ‘im he’s dreamin’.

David Seymour is a grandstander and a lightweight. The day he ceases to be useful is the day he loses his seat in Epsom.

Seymour is under the delusion that the voters of Epsom vote for him because of his dynamic personality. He is wrong. The voters of Epsom vote for him because they think he can keep National in power. As soon as they realise that Seymour and ACT are no longer in the hunt for that they will vote to return a National MP in Epsom, even if that MP is Paul Goldsmith.



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