Hosking also predicts confidence and supply with the Nats

Many are arguing that Thursday is too short a deadline.

Well not if you’re doing a confidence and supply deal as I suggested the day after the election.

This I am increasingly convinced will not be 1996 all over again – we are not going to be dealing with pages and pages of detail.

Therefore we don’t need days and weeks of meetings.

Factor in also – unlike 1996 – that we have experience… many a deal has been done. We know how it works, what the ground rules are.

And it’s not like all parties don’t already have a pretty detailed idea of what each other wants and what each other is prepared to give away

So it’s not like we’re starting with blank pages.

If a confidence and supply deal is the way we go …you’d have to favour National, if for no other reason that they as a singular party have more support that both Labour and the Greens combined.

For a third player to support two other players into government that can’t together equal the support of the single largest player is not democracy … and wouldn’t go down well at all.

But here’s the good news – we’ll know in three days. And in the ensuing period it’s not like the country has hit the rocks is it?

I floated the idea of a C&S deal with National having to come cap-in-hand some months ago, and I still believe it’s one of the more likely scenarios.  Mike Hosking has now also picked up on how the “ridiculously short” timeline really isn’t if all you are going to do is have a broad-brush agreement that covers very little detail.


– Mike Hosking, NZ Herald

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