John Key has announced that he would not form a government in coalition with a Winston Peters led New Zealand First Party.
Mr Key said he intended leading a positive, aspirational government in a second term.
“I don’t see a place for a Winston Peters-led New Zealand First in a government that I lead,” he said at a press conference today.
“Historically, he has always been sacked by prime ministers. It’s a very different style to mine and it’s rearward-looking.
“I’m about tomorrow. I’m not about yesterday.”
Leaving the decision on which people or parties might be coaltion partners gives power to the parties and politicians. This announcement has given the power to the people.
Voters know where they are.
They can have John Key as Prime Minister of a National-led government without Peters or Phil Goff and a Labour-led government which would almost certainly need Winston Peters to get the numbers.