Winston Peters announced he’ll make an announcement on which party he’ll support to form a government sometime this afternoon.
Negotiations have been remarkable for the lack of leaks so nobody outside the parties knows what he and NZ First are asking for and nobody outside the parties knows what National and Labour have been prepared to offer.
It’s ironic that people who voted for MMP because they didn’t like politicians landed us not only with a system that gives us more of them but gave them more power too.
But that’s what we’ve got and sometime today we’ll know the government that the man who lost his seat and gained only 7% of party votes has chosen.
Which way should he go, which way will he go and what will it cost?
Bill English has the experience and skills that will make it more likely a government he leads will succeed and do better for New Zealand than one led by the much less experienced Labour team.
But only if the cost isn’t too high in terms of policy concessions and cabinet roles.