Odd claims by Winston Peters aren’t unusual, but one he keeps making simply doesn’t add up. He makes an absurd excuse for not revealing likely post-election intentions to voters.
He can’t read the mind of voters before the election. But neither will be be able to read their minds after the election. And if he could it would make no difference – he will do as he pleases anyway.
Stuff’s Today in Politics:
Key running scared says Peters
Winston Peters says John Key is ‘‘attempting to master the art of mind reading’’ after the prime minister said he thought NZ First would choose to go into government with Labour and Greens. ‘‘It is doubtful that Mr Key has read not only the minds of the NZ First caucus and party members, but those of Kiwi voters as well.
It’s much more likely that National’s own polling is showing they are bleeding voters to NZ First, and he is now running scared.’’ Peters said.
Claiming that Key is running scared is whacky Winston waffle, but nothing more than preposterous posturing.
And of course Key can’t read the mind of NZ First caucus and party members, nor Kiwi voters.
Peters keeps refusing to give voters any idea what he would do post-election, using the excuse that he won’t pre-judge what the voters say in the election.
But after the election Peters won’t be able to read the minds of voters. He has no way of knowing whether they would prefer NZ First siding with National or Labour/Greens.
So fobbing of questions about his preferences or intent is just avoiding asking legitimate questions – the answers to which the voters should know before they vote.
Reading the mind of the NZ First caucus and party members is pointless – they don’t get to decide anything, that’s all up to Winston.
So Key is right to try and read Winston’s mind. And read his speeches. And read his accusations. (But not read any evidence because there isn’t any, he doesn’t back up his bluster.)
And it’s not difficult to read that trying to negotiate and work with Winston is likely to be a fool’s errand.