Oh come on Baz, you media types just want to doorstep the NZ First board

Barry Soper – via Imgur

It could be Maud from Mataura or Doug from Dargaville who’ll be deciding who’s going to govern us for the next three years.

Who knows and does it really matter?

We’re not being told who’s on the New Zealand First board who we’re told will make the decision which on the face of it is highly unusual, especially for a party that’s prided itself on transparency that it says will apply to Government which it will most certainly be a part of in the coming days.

No other party has a problem with publicising who’s on their board but then under our electoral system they’re unlikely to singularly be in a position to decide on the next Government.

That’s the preserve of the party led by Winston Peters, a party that is in fact Winston Peters.

It’s the party that our electoral system has put in that unenviable position.

I’ve said it before:  Whatever Winston does will upset almost half of the country.  He can’t win.  So why even play the media’s games?  There is no point to it.  

…in reality when push comes to shove the decision will be made by Winston from Whananaki.

I’m not so sure, once you look closer at the dynamics.

It’s now just a question of when and surely a question of just how difficult it is to get a dozen or so people together in Wellington to cogitate on Winston’s reasoning.

Peters has made a couple of errors, the first was his cast iron guarantee that a decision would be announced on writ day, which was yesterday.

He can say all he likes about it being a media invention that he gave that commitment but surely he can’t argue with his own words: “I make this guarantee that whatever decision New Zealand First arrives at post-election, it will be made public by the day the writs are returned, which is within three weeks from polling day.”

The second error was putting a timeframe on it in the first place.

It’s like going into a negotiation, determining how long the piece of string is, and taking away the real ability to negotiate.

Negotiations take as long as they take, and that most certainly should be the case when the future of the country’s at stake.

If you look back, Winston’s previous two goes at coalition talks copped him heaps of abuse about the length of time it took.   It’s the media that’s driven him to a much tighter timetable.  But as Baz writes, it takes the time it takes.

And knowing who the board members are is a moot point.  It doesn’t actually matter.

The problem will be with Winston’s fellow MPs.  If I had to guess, I’d say Tracy Martin is being a dick wanting to go with Labour and she’s learned from her boss that compromise is not something you have to do.

Unlike the public and media’s perception of NZ First being Winston First, Winston understands he needs to take everyone with him at this point.  Having a rogue MP on his hands, no matter who he eventually goes with, will do more damage to NZ First than it will to its coalition partner.

Martin is still sore about being kicked to touch as deputy leader to accommodate Ron Mark.  And then Shane Jones gets parachuted in as a senior MP who is slated to take over as leader.   I suspect she’s going to want her several pounds of flesh.


– Barry Soper, NZ Herald

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