Mike's Minute: Are coalition cracks starting to appear?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 May 2020, 9:45AM

Mike's Minute: Are coalition cracks starting to appear?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 28 May 2020, 9:45AM

The question is not whether Winston Peters is correct, because he indisputably is. The question is, what is he going to do about it? 

His revelation on this show yesterday now tells us this government is not the one holding us back from moving to level one, getting doors open to a point where actual trading can be done, livings be made, and jobs saved, if not created. No it is not the government, it's the Labour Party. But one part of the government.

In the revelation is the exposure of what many had suspected, a socialist type power grab designed to sure up votes driven by fear, topped up with extraordinary amounts of money we don’t have, and all delivered with the ever so slightly condescending butter wouldn't melt in my mouth style favoured by the Prime Minister who is clearly loving her days in the debt laden economically catastrophic sun.

Unfortunately for Peters, it's him making the revelation, and these revelations have form. We are close to an election, he's in trouble poll-wise, and he looks at this point to be yet another victim of the MMP curse. And that is no small party who ever properly went into government via a formal coalition has ever survived to tell the tale. So it suits his agenda to drive a headline or two.

However in this case, as much as it may suit him, he's also on the right side of history, and the economic future and wellbeing of this country is at stake.

So what does he do? How long is it before his observations turn to musing about expecting Labour to review the level one date, to actually bringing it forward? How long before this back and forth gets played out daily between dueling coalition partners? How long before New Zealand First start to ponder their future in government?  

The advantage they have is every small business in the land would agree with them. The National Party, you will note, with a new leader and the New Zealand First door ajar, is behind them. Most regular, everyday, ordinary New Zealanders who can see this catastrophe unfolding for themselves, even if they would never contemplate voting for New Zealand First, at least can go along with the sentiment.

Every day Peters makes sense ,pitches the cause of the majority, isolates out Labour as obsessive on health and economically dangerous, he gets headlines, a potential growth in support, and distance from Labour. And hopefully does us all a massive economic service by actually getting the country open the way it should be.

As we keep saying, if a week is along time in politics, more than 16 is an age.

Watch this space.