Principle before politics

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.

5 Responses to Principle before politics

  1. pdm says:

    I have asked this question elsewhere as well.

    Will the Greens have the balls to follow through in Parliament today?

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  2. Helen Clark is far too smart a politician to think Peters will emerge from the current mess and, therefore, the next election as kingmaker. My only conclusion is that Peters has something over her. So, what is it?

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  3. HP, you say “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.”

    I say you’re wrong. As long as Winston First is one of the cabs off the rank when Helen is choosing coalition partners, then United Future, the Greens and the Maori Party are one place lower down the rank.

    If they can knock him out, there’s more chance for a place around the Cabinet table for them.

    So here again, ‘principle’ and politics coincide.

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  4. homepaddock says:

    Bill – You could be right, but what?

    Peter – fair point, almost everything in politics is political. At elast this way it is politics and principle, had they voted the other way it would have been politics without principle.

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  5. “Bill – You could be right, but what?”

    I can’t answer that question, but it’s the only logical conclusion from all this. There’s nothing to gain politically from sticking by Peters. It’s hardly a matter of high principal. There used to be a saying in Fleet Street circles “with the Tories it’s always sex and with the Socialists it’s always money”. But that’s just a guess.

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