Peters warns of “disappointment and anguish”, deadline softens.

Winston Peters appears to be preparing supporters for disappointment over his decision on who to govern with and what policies will be agreed on. Via his Facebook page:

Thanks for your continued interest.
Be assured we are working towards a decision as fast as we can.
For obvious reasons we cannot talk publicly of what we have discussed at this stage.
We are all sworn to secrecy to ensure we have frank and open discussions.

Except that he is drip feeding bits of information in every interview.

You will all know as well as us that whatever decision we make it will cause disappointment and anguish.
That’s reality and there is no escaping that.

Peters promised a lot. He seems to be backing off some of his rhetoric.

Be confident that when we make our choice, it will be done in the greater interests of this country and its future.
All of us are proud New Zealanders.
We want the best for our country.

Peters also seems to be softening his commitment to a decision on government by Thursday. Today he said his party would make it’s decision by Thursday, but wouldn’t commit to making it public then.

This could be due to the reality that other parties may need time to make their own decisions. From Stuff:

On his way to the meeting, Greens leader James Shaw maintained a deadline of Thursday for a coalition deal was still realistic but wasn’t concerned if it was slightly longer.

“I’ve said before the process takes as long as it takes, a day here or there is no big deal.”

He said calling together the party for a special general meeting – the formal process required before entering a coalition – could be done quickly.

That will surely take a day or two at least, if everyone agrees. If anyone in the party isn’t happy then it will require 75% party support, and that will take days at least.

“We’ve got to go to them but we’re able to call a meeting pretty quickly.”

He said he wouldn’t expect any delays from his end.

Being left largely in the dark Shaw is hardly in any position to know how long things might take.

16 Comments

  1. patupaiarehe

     /  10th October 2017

    Winston Peters appears to be preparing supporters for disappointment over his decision on who to govern with and what policies will be agreed on.

    Hardly. He is simply stating that no matter who NZF enter a coalition with, a large percentage of Kiwis won’t have voted for it.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  10th October 2017

      Be confident that when we make our choice, it will be done in the greater interests of this country and its future.
      All of us are proud New Zealanders.
      We want the best for our country.

      Exactly. NZF supporters, such as myself, expect nothing less.

      • Gezza

         /  10th October 2017

        And NZF skeptics, such as myself, expect that he might deliver his supporters …
        nothing ness.

        But, we’ll see. One thing I think we can probably all agree on, is that even if Winnie shits all over them, his supporters will still argue he’s a top bloke. 👍🏼

        • Conspiratoor

           /  10th October 2017

          “we can all agree on”. That would be you, 2 pukes and a duck…

          • Gezza

             /  10th October 2017

            Well, no – Prettygirl is a Greenie, Charlie is ACT, Pooky is Labour, thru & thru. Bluey refused to vote because of no tuna ban, Bluebelle is TOP because she’s anti-cat. All of them, having cast their imaginary votes, are totally uninterested in what now transpires with NZF. As Charlie put it, this morning:
            Werp werp. Werp werp werp. Urr.

            I was thinking that you would probably agree Winston is a top bloke. And that while numptiness is a serious issue when we are discussing NZF, Winston, perhaps uniquely, is definitely not a numpty?

            • Conspiratoor

               /  10th October 2017

              You need to think less G …and you might get the odd thing right

            • Gezza

               /  10th October 2017

              👍🏼 Most of the things I get right are odd.
              Oddly enuf. Right?

          • patupaiarehe

             /  10th October 2017

            Numptiness is a smoker voting for a racist party, who made his habit a lot more expensive than it should be. Just saying… 😛

            • Gezza

               /  10th October 2017

              Who in God’s name are you talking about? I never voted for NZF. And I’m assuming they want to cut the tax on smokes. Or whatever is Winnie’s policy on it today.

            • Gezza

               /  10th October 2017

              But anyway – whatever!
              I’m not one to criticise or complain, as you know. 👼🏼

      • Fight4NZ

         /  10th October 2017

        If he sticks with his core policy planks and let’s the periphery go he has nothing to worry about.

  2. patupaiarehe

     /  10th October 2017

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11931655

    Asked if the choices were getting clearer for him, he again said he himself was not responsible for making the decision – but his party.

    “Winston Peters is not going to make a decision. A party called NZ First, 24 years around the block, is going to make a decision, and its board. Not Winston Peters. I can’t speak for the party because I haven’t had a chance to talk to them all.”

    • Gezza

       /  10th October 2017

      “I can’t speak for the party because I haven’t had a chance to talk to them all.”

      Never made a difference, ever. If they don’t like it, they usually put a rain hat on, open their brolly, wash them afterwards, agree he’s a top bloke, and carry on – ignoring whichever non-numpty just grumbled.

  3. Tipene

     /  10th October 2017

    Is that sound the languishing “whoosh” of the cross-bench cushions in the background?

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  10th October 2017

    Winston hasn’t had a chance to tell his psrty what they think yet. Greens will be grateful to lick his feet from a distance covered in a blanket so he doesn’t have to see them. Labour don’t care so long as they get to be in Government.

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