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Heather du Plessis-Allan: There's no way NZ's issues can be solved with Winston Peters in Government

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Heather du Plessis-Allan,
Publish Date
Thu, 3 Aug 2023, 4:52pm

Heather du Plessis-Allan: There's no way NZ's issues can be solved with Winston Peters in Government

Author
Heather du Plessis-Allan,
Publish Date
Thu, 3 Aug 2023, 4:52pm

Reasonably significant political news today- ACT’s David Seymour has absolutely ruled out working with Winston Peters in Government after the election. 

Saying: “It's impossible to see us sitting around the Cabinet table.” And: "There's no way that you're going to solve the problems that New Zealand needs to solve when you've got someone who's had so many chances and screwed it up so many times before.” 

Amen.

I like Winston Peters, I like him a lot. But David Seymour’s bang on here. How many more chances are we gonna give this guy? 

The thought of Winston being able to choose or influence the next Government actually terrifies me.

I don’t care how many times and in how many ways he tells me- like he did on air on Tuesday- that he will not support a Labour Government into power. I do not believe him, as far as I’m concerned, Winston Peters cannot be trusted.

In 1996, he told voters to: “put Jim Bolger in Opposition where he belongs”. After the election, he put Jim Bolger back into power. Lesson learned.

Even if he was true to his word and didn’t go with Labour, can you imagine the disaster a National Government would be with him in it? 

This country is headed in completely the wrong direction. We need some serious change, but  Winston’s not a change guy. Winston's a handbrake guy.

He's spent the last 35+ years complaining about the reforms of the 1980s which saved this country’s bacon. We need reforms again, to save us once again, can you imagine him allowing that to  happen? 

Plus, we are broke. We are out of cash. Grant Robertson’s holding meetings demanding Government agency bosses slash their budgets to plug a probably multi billion dollar fiscal hole as our economy slows and tax revenue drops.

Winston's a spending guy. He’s the guy who forced Labour to give him $3 billion in provincial growth fund money, which his party splashed around the provinces trying to win votes. And which the auditor general looked into and found was so sloppy officials weren’t keeping proper notes  

So no, I'm with David Seymour. I don’t mind a bit of Winston in Parliament to spice things up, but I’d prefer if he stayed the hell away from Government.

Especially now, when we do not have the time or the money for his game playing and expensive pet projects.

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