Whatever Winston does from now on will be wrong. ALL of it

Cop a load of this.  After a week of media complaining Winston was holding everything up and keeping everyone to ransom, we’ve arrived at this.

Winston Peters’ self-imposed deadline to decide the next Government within one week is quite unnecessary and adds needless pressure to the process.

One explanation is that Peters feels so bad about having kept the country waiting for two months in 1996 he is determined to correct the ledger, or over-correct.

He may take also some perverse pleasure in having the same people who condemned him for going too slow in 1996 telling him he is going too quickly this time.

It could also point to a very thin deal, no matter where New Zealand First ends up sitting, in cabinet, outside cabinet or on the cross benches.

The pace in 1996 was forgivably slow given it was the first MMP election, the detailed nature of the final agreement and the fact that there twin talks going on with National and Labour.

The haste in 2017 is absurd. …

Before knowing the election result, Peters set the deadline some months ago, October 12, which is also “writ day”.

It is the day that the “writ” is returned to the Clerk of the House from the Electoral Commission with the names of the successful electorate candidates – the writ being the old-fashioned term given to the instruction from the Governor-General to the Electoral Commission to conduct an election.

But there is no obligation to have Government arrangements in place by writ day.

So now Winston is told not to make a government until he’s done so with the appropriate care that comes from taking your time.   You have to laugh, don’t you?

Let’s face it.  No matter what Winston does from now, he will be wrong.  Even when he’s right, he’ll be wrong.   What nobody has realised is that NZ First’s position is more of a poisoned chalice than has been admitted to.


– Audrey “calm the horses” Young,  NZ Herald

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