As well as being the anchor of UnitedFuture Peter Dunne is widely known as a hard working Ohariu electorate MP and a trusted coalition partner for successive governments. But there’s an enigma about how he’s seen by some commentators.
One of the most frequent criticisms of Dunne is that he floats in the political winds and will go in to government with any party of the day.
I find that a real puzzle.
The ambition of any party is surely to achieve the most it can, and to do that it needs to be in government.
National wants to be in government.
Labour wants to be in government.
The Maori Party wants to be in government.
Act wants to be government.
Winston Peters wants to be in government.
People want to vote for a party that will be in government.
The only ones that seem to have some reluctance to being in government are the Green Party and Hone Harawira.
Why is Peter Dunne criticised for being successful at what most parties and politicians strive for?
Dunne is also criticised for using common sense and being pragmatic, and for being a centrist (and not an extremist). I guess it’s hard to please everyone.
Are the putdowns political jealousy? Or do some people really want parliament to be a Harawira chorus?