The responsibility of forming Government

Probably the biggest responsibility in a democracy such as ours is an election. That is one time every three years that voters, the people, have a say in who runs out country. Most people take that responsibility seriously.

Another of the biggest responsibilities follows every election – the formation of Government, especially so when a number of options are possible.

Due to the way all the other parties have stood aside waiting this responsibility falls in particular this year on NZ First and on it’s leader Winston Peters. They represent about 163 thousand voters (with specials to add), just 7.5% of eligible voters.

Peters and NZ First have a responsibility to represent the wishes of their party members and their supporters and voters first and foremost, but they also have a responsibility to everyone and to the whole country.

Peters has been criticised for ‘keeping the country waiting’, but he is correct to take his time. The process needs to be done right, and that can’t happen until the final results come in on 7 October.

The final results may substantially change the balance of power. Many expect them to give the NZ First-Labour-Green option a bit more weight by giving Greens and perhaps also Labour an extra seat, which would give this triumvirate a buffer in their majority of 63-57.

However this isn’t certain, and there is a chance that National could gain a seat giving them with ACT 60-60 parity. This would change things substantially.

So until we get the final results all the parties can do is prepare for coalition negotiations.

Labour and National are doing this carefully in order to win positive attention and respect from Peters in particular.

Peters has also taken care not to reveal what he might decide. He appears to have taken his responsibilities seriously, He has been through this process twice before, in 1996 and in 2005, so he knows as well as anyone how it should work.

On election night when it became clear that NZ First were in a pivotal position Peters acknowledged his responsibilities. From Newsroom Winston Peters plots a path as kingmaker:

Yet as he noted, NZ First still holds what he called “the balance of political responsibility”.

“We have been strong enough and honest enough with our supporters to make it home and to have not all the cards but we do have the main cards – we’re not going to squander that opportunity.”

He counselled patience during negotiations, aware of the flak he copped in 1996 after weeks of talks, and reaffirmed a pledge to make a decision public by the return of the writs on October 12.

I think serious negotiations should start as soon the final results are known on 7 October but will probably take at least as long as the return of the writs.

A smooth transition to a new Government and the stable running of Government are at stake.

So far Peters appears to be taking his responsibilities seriously.

Unfortunately someone or some people in NZ First have chosen to be irresponsible, as has Newshub sensationalist Patrick Gower. See Gower’s disgraceful power play, and more in the next post.

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  1. Corky

     /  27th September 2017

    I’m living the Libertarian dream at the moment…limited government. In fact no government.
    The country is humming along quite nicely. Soon we will have a government and the bs will follow. Still, people voted for this. And this they will get.

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  2. Zedd

     /  27th September 2017

    Listening to; Maori party, United Future, ACT & NZF.. it was a ‘Coke v Pepsi’ election, as if the 2 ‘main parties’ were effectively almost the same ?

    IF this is true, then maybe Bill & Jacinda should ‘piss them all off’ & form a ‘Grand coalition’ as in Germany (under MMP too) ?

    BUT; after all the LIES & misinfo. spread about as thick as was possible, that the Natz spread about ‘$11.7bil hole’ & Labours supposed ‘Tax increases at every turn’
    Jacinda & co. would need to have ‘their heads read’ first !!! 😦

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    • “Jacinda & co. would need to have ‘their heads read’ first”

      Would only take a few minutes.

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      • Gezza

         /  27th September 2017

        You are seriously underestimating the new Labour leader imo, PDB

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        • You’re right G – she would need 5-10 minutes.

          You’ve got to realise who is really pulling the strings behind her G – she is but a mouthpiece and an effective front for certain people behind her. How many times during the election campaign was she unsure of an answer or had to put off committing to something before she had to ‘fact-check’ her position and then get back much later on with an answer?

          Reminds me of this gem;

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          • robertguyton

             /  27th September 2017

            I love that clip! Gareth was so genuine!
            You pale, PDB, when you see the muscles and sinews working.

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            • His views are not his own – after this disaster very little has been seen of poor Gareth.

            • robertguyton

               /  27th September 2017

              Disaster, PDB? The Greens are right there in front of you. Not gone. Right there. In. Front. Of. You.
              Hungry 🙂

            • Gezza

               /  27th September 2017

              Gareth has been very quiet. Grown a decent beard tho. 👍🏼
              He wasn’t in the magazine style ‘vamp’ photo was he?

            • Wasn’t he posing as a rug in that pic?

            • Gezza

               /  27th September 2017

              🤔 Hang on. I’ll have a look. 👍🏼

            • Gezza

               /  27th September 2017

              @PDB
              Nope.

          • Clint Smith – now the ‘Labour policy guy’.

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          • Gezza

             /  27th September 2017

            Well, we’ll see. She’s never been a Finance Minister. But when Bill or Steven or anyone threw numbers at her unprepared she had the numbers the next day & was able to debate them. 2 months in the job mate! Out on the campaign trail managing the media & the public on her own, Grant in sight. No “can I call a friend?”

            We’ ll see.

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    • Corky

       /  27th September 2017

      Always the Nats, eh, Zedd%😵

      Reply
  3. Patzcuaro

     /  27th September 2017

    Peters & Joyce arrive back in Welington on same plane, apparently Joyce had to wait (quite awhile) while Peters took his rest.

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  4. Patzcuaro

     /  27th September 2017
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