Dear Radio New Zealand.
This morning on Morning Report your news presenter and Geoff Robinson keep saying that National may win the election but struggle to form a Government. Please stop doing this because this comment does not reflect the political realities under MMP and it is not true.
National’s problem is that it is no mates National and this is why it is talking about again gifting Epsom to ACT, doing a deal with the Conservatives and why Key has resiled from his former “statement of principle” that Peters would not form a part of a Key led National Government.
The reality is that if Labour and the Greens get enough votes they will form the next Government. It will not be “unfair” on National. It will just mean that overall Kiwi’s votes favoured parties of the centre left.
There is no such thing as “winning the election” but “failing to form a government”. Under the first past the post system you could argue this was the case but under MMP it is clearly not.
How about you adjust your thinking to “left block” verses “right block”. This will provide a better understanding of current politics and show that things are incredibly close.