Let the circus start.
It is very early days and already, in what appears to be a finely calibrated insult to make David Seymour appear weak, Winston Peters has responded to the first overture from the Act leader for talks by ignoring him.
From Bridie Witton at Stuff:
NZ First leader Winston Peters says he will only hold coalition discussions with ACT Party leader David Seymour in person, and that he thought a text from Seymour after the general election was “fake” so he didn’t respond.
“You know that I am a people person. I want to see someone in person,” Peters said. “The communication came without any identification and I will explain that to him when I do see him.”
He got so many “fake calls” before and after the election that he also thought Seymour’s message – which he said came via text – was also fake.
“I thought this has gotta be fake so I didn’t answer it.”
Maybe I have watched too much West Wing but I thought that the initial contact between the leaders would have been finely choreographed including details of the time the call would be made to who would ring who. There must be staffers working in the background organising this sort of thing.
The article reports that Act had tried to contact Peters on multiple occasions but had been ignored.
Of course this could have been dealt with on the quiet. There was no need for the media to be alerted. That already the media is being fed this information does not bode well for the Government’s future.
But what can you expect when one leader has previously said that they will not sit around a cabinet table with “this clown” or the other leader says that Seymour “reminds me of a chihuahua at the front gate barking at every cat, human being or fellow dog that passes by”.
As James Shaw previously said putting these guys in the same Government would be like putting two cats in a sack. Stand by …