“What the public of New Zealand really do not like is politicians who say one thing before an election and do something else after it. And I invite every member of this House to look at every statement United Future made prior to the election and every statement subsequently and try to draw a difference” – Peter Dunne.
Before the election, Dunne never said he would vote for asset sales and said he would keep water rights in public hands. Now, he’s voting for asset sales.
United Future supporters will dance on a head of a pin (in fact, I think they could all fit on top of one with room to spare) and say that that Dunne never ruled out supporting National’s asset sales programme. And he didn’t. But he never said he would support them either. And he purposely gave the impression he was anti-asset sales by ruling out ever supporting the sale of certain assets or full sales. It was a strategy calculated to deceive voters into thinking he was against all asset sales. Dunne never sought, nor obtained, a mandate to vote for National’s asset sales.