Faces of the Day

via Stuff

Decision time. Monday – or maybe Tuesday – Winston Peters will finally anoint a prime minister.

After weeks of secrecy, and the bizarre silence of the two major party leaders, the next government will be chosen by a small band of MPs and party members.

For Ardern, it would be the culmination of an extraordinary few months. Her rise would go down in the history books for bringing Labour back from near death. For English, a win would be just as historic. A second time around leader who redeemed himself from leading National to its worst ever defeat 15 years earlier.

But losing would also make the history books for English. He would be the first leader under MMP to take a governing party that won the most votes on the night into Opposition, out-numbered by a coalition of smaller parties.

The real losers would be the country that votes for the most popular party, that doesn’t get it in government, and then gets higher taxes, inflation, interest rates and a recession for good measure.

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