Simon Bridges has Ruled out any deal between National and New Zealand First after the election.
One of the risks from that is that Labour could pull back in an electorate to allow NZ First to win a seat and therefore not need to get 5% of the party vote to stay in parliament.
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern was asked on Breakfast yesterday if she’d rule out doing a sweetheart deal with NZ First in Northland. She replied:
“. . . I’ve already said I didn’t do deals last time, I see no reason why I would . . .we’re pretty consistent as a Labour Party around representation in seats . . .”
The inference from that is that she would rule out an accommodation but it’s not a straight no to doing it.
In spite of all the huffing and puffing about National and Act’s accommodation in Epsom, Labour did send a very clear signal to its supporters to vote for Winston Peters rather than the Labour candidate in the Northland by-election.
If polling shows support for National and Labour is close and that NZ First is hovering under 5%, will she stick to the inference or suggest voters sacrifice the Labour candidate to help NZ First win a seat?