If anyone ever writes a book on the short, inglorious history of the New Zealand First Party, today’s announcement will make an interesting footnote. Here’s Tracy Watkins at Stuff:
NZ First rules out working with other parties
NZ First leader Winston Peters says the party will remain on the Opposition benches and refuse to support either of the two main parties if it is reelected to Parliament.
In a speech to be delivered to party faithful in Auckland today, Mr Peters all but killed any hope of Labour stitching up a minority government with his support if NZ First passed the 5 per cent threshold, saying he believed that the party that got the most votes should try to form the next government.
“New Zealand First is not going with National. New Zealand First is not going with Labour either. We are making that clear here today.
NZ First would not countenance a deal that involved the Greens or the Maori Party.
“So all those people lumping us in with groups and making us part of some fictitious coalition should stop right now.”
Why would anyone vote for a party that is never going to be in government? Their policies are irrelevant if all they can ever do is oppose. Not that it matters, because on 1.5% support NZF were toast anyway, but seriously, way to make your party irrelevant Winston.