Prime Minister John Key has called on the wee parties to be upfront about which party they might support after the election.
. . . Announcing the election date on Monday, Mr Key said he is the only New Zealand prime minister to have been so upfront about an election date – and he challenged the minor parties to be, in his words, equally forthright about who they would work with post-election.
He said New Zealand First leader Winston Peters could announce right now that he would go with the largest party, but he won’t.
Mr Key said all the anecdotal evidence he has heard is that Mr Peters would partner with Labour and the Greens: “That’s what I hear,” he said, “so that’s what I’ve got to work on.”
For his part, Mr Peters says the Prime Minister is scaremongering. “He’s never talked to me on the matter,” says Mr Peters, “and whatever his planning skills are, mind-reading is not one of them.” . . .
Peters always insists that who he’ll support will be up to voters.
It will of course, but without telling us which party or parties his would support he’s leaving voters in the dark and expecting them to vote blind.
Knowledge is power – giving voters a clear indication of their intentions helps them make an informed decision.
Peters’s refusal to be clear is simply playing politics.