A couple of days ago Duncan Garner did a bit of stirring. Noting the obvious, that the Nats are in trouble for the 2014 election and their obvious coalition partners are dog tucker, Garner speculated on the prospect of a Key / Peters coalition.
Key is refusing to rule out a deal with Peters in 2014. After quoting back some of the many negative and pretentious comments that Key has made about Peters over the years, Garner asked:
“But surely Key is too principled for that. Surely he won’t trade his past principles in the pursuit of power?”.
Ha hah. Yeah Duncan has his tongue firmly in his cheek. The Banks scandal has wiped out any last pretension Key ever had to “principles”. Kim Dotcom has him pegged:
“It’s a very fragile majority, the balance of power is threatened by the John Banks affair so I think the prime minister has had to make a choice: am I going to uphold high ethical standards or do I want to remain in power?”
Key and the Nats will choose “remain in power” every time. As Bill English said: “despite the highly principled statements … winning is everything my man”.
The Nats are perfectly predictable. But I wondered how Peters might react. Question answered:
Peters welcomes National coalition
Winston Peters has welcomed moves from Prime Minister John Key about working together after the 2014 election.
It would almost be worth it to watch Peters extract his price on the govelling Nats. Almost – but not quite. Labour / Greens need to get so far ahead that the nightmare Nat / NZF coalition isn’t possible. Otherwise it’s Deputy PM Peters anyone?