Labour and New Zealand First put politics before principles in their failure to support the majority decision of the privileges committee to censure WInston Peters.
Politics and principle coincided for National and Act which enabled them to do the right thing. Their opponents will say they did it for the wrong reasons, supporters will dispute that but that makes no difference to the outcome.
However, United Future, the Greens and the Maori Party acted on principle when their political allegiance could have swayed them to vote the other way.
Kiwiblog asks if this principled stand will continue in a refusal to support Labour while he remains a Minister.
United and the Greens have already made it clear they would not want to work with Peters in the next government.
I can think of only two reasons why Helen Clark has continued to stick with Peters. either he has something over her or she’s doing it in the desperate hope he’ll enable her to scrape together enough support for a fourth term.
How ironic if by sticking with him she not only drives away her other potential partners for the next government but forces them to bring down this one and all because they put principle before politics when she wouldn’t.