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7:40 am, October 12th, 2017 - 26 comments
Categories: election 2017, greens, labour, MMP, national, nz first, winston peters - Tags: 1996, anticipation, change, coalition talks, election 2017, nzf
It’s the last day of coalition talks (probably). RNZ:
It’s crunch time for Winston Peters as he pushes into the final day of talks over forming a new government, and he says today will be the most substantive yet.
At least another four meetings are planned – New Zealand First wants all discussions done by Thursday evening – but Mr Peters said that while today would be the last day of coalition talks, it was doubtful a decision would be made by the end of the day.
He said two options would be taken back to the board for a final call, but that might not be until Friday.
“You want a serious consensus. If you haven’t got a serious consensus stay there until you get one, but who wants a 50-50 vote.”
A 50-50 vote, yeah who wants that…
The process has at least been much better this time round than 1996. But who knows what the outcome will be. As I’ve previously said, if Peters / NZF stand by their campaign for change, and the wishes of their members, then they have to go left. But who knows, they will find excuses to go right if that’s what Peters wants.
Peters has certainly created big expectations:
Major change coming no matter who is in power: Winston Peters
Winston Peters says he’s going to change New Zealand – where is his mandate?
Both pieces quote the following from Peters:
“These talks are about a change in the way this country is run. Both economically and socially.”
The focus on “change” of course superficially leans to the left, but Peters may pull the same trick as 1996 and claim to “change” a Nat lead government. If he got a few big headline policy wins (e.g. age of super) that might be enough for him. This road didn’t end well in 1996, I don’t think it would end well this time either.
Anyhow, we’ll soon see I guess. Probably.