“Game on!” says Audrey Young

Political journalist Audrey Young has sticky knickers at the thought we may have have another female prime minister in mere days.

Game on!

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was never a real possibility with a bare bones majority of 61 that she has been sitting on for the past fortnight. But now it is.

With the gap between National and the Labour-Green bloc narrowing, both options are viable contenders for the next Government.

Two more seats for the Labour-Green bloc strengthen not only its arm, but Winston Peters’ as well.

Without the shift in balance from the final results, Peters’ New Zealand First Party faced the prospect of being forced to allow National to claim a fourth term.

That possibility remains open, but the more even contest means that Peters will be able to extract greater concessions from National.

Nothing has changed.  And word from inside both Labour and National camps is that they’ll do whatever it takes.

Which places National in a better position, because Labour can’t get anywhere without the Green party.  And the Green party always was, is, and will remain Labour’s sea anchor.

Yesterday’s final result has change minor numbers, but none of the underlying dynamic.

We will still have a National government, either with NZ First as a full coalition partner, or with NZ First just providing Confidence and Supply.


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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