Bridges’ messaging is all about bundling New Zealand First, Labour and the Greens together saying: “a vote for NZ First is a vote for Labour and the Greens.”
It was three years ago even though around half the people who voted for NZ First wanted it to support National in government.
“I don’t believe we can work with NZ First and have a constructive trusting relationship,” Bridges says.
“When National was negotiating in good faith with NZ First after the last election, its leader was suing key National MPs and staff. I don’t trust NZ First and I don’t believe New Zealanders can either.”
It’s about trust and Peters can’t be trusted.
This makes NZ First dependent on gaining at least 5% of the vote on September 19 unless it wins a seat.
That’s very unlikely unless Labour throws it a lifeline by campaigning for the party vote in a seat it holds.
That would be rank hypocrisy from both parties which have vehemently criticised for National holding back to help Act in Epsom.
But hypocrisy is not unusual in a politician who can’t be trusted.