Uh oh, Bill can’t get Winston to answer his calls

It seems Bill English can’t get Winston to answer his calls:

Caretaker prime minister Bill English says he has tried calling election kingmaker Winston Peters – but he didn’t pick up.

Talking to The AM show presenter Duncan Garner this morning, English said that he had made a call to Peters but didn’t get a response.

English said he wasn’t particularly surprised that Peters didn’t pick up.

“I called Winston over the weekend but he wasn’t answering the phone. I think he’s sticking to the plan that says he’s not going to talk to anyone until probably next weekend after the specials, but we don’t think the specials will make that much difference even if we dropped a seat or two.

“We’ve still got the most seats by quite a long way and we can do a coalition with just one party, the other side needs three, and we’re experienced with coalitions, we’ve done three different coalitions over the last three elections.”

But Garner pressed the issue and said it was unusual given English was in “pole position”.

“Well look, Winston Peters was sticking to his plan, I wasn’t surprised about that I just wanted to make sure that he knew that we were ready to talk at any time and try and meet the timetable that he had set out around by finalising this by October 12.

“Effectively only gives us four or five days for negotiations and in our experience of these agreements they take a bit longer than that, even when you’re in negotiation with parties that you’ve dealt with before.”

When pressed further, he said Peters was “just being consistent with what he said he would do”.

“As I said it’s not unexpected is it, Mr Peters has been clear about the timetable he would follow.”

This is hilarious. Bill English just got a lesson in how unimportant he really is.

I’ll bet I can get Winston to answer the phone. Perhaps if Bill wasn’t such a vindictive arsehole I might be able to assist him…oh…yeah, nah.


-NZ Herald

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