Bill English speaks

The probable soon to be ex-Prime Minister, Bill English, is giving a media conference.

Seems fairly relaxed in his speech. Thanks the usual.

From here he says the National Party will regroup.

Asked if he feels robbed he says it is MMP but smaller parties have the opportunity to form a government.

Did NZ First asked for too much? He avoids answering that directly, just says he thought they proposed a good robust governing arrangement an thinks would have been a successful government.

He says they had satisfactory negotiations.

Moral authority? National were given an opportunity but it’s about being able to form a government.

Humble and gracious, and no sign of bitterness. I think the result wasn’t unexpected to National.

He has not yet decided what he will do about leadership. Far too soon to jump. No rush for National, they are best to take there time and do any leadership change (I expect it will happen) properly rather than hurriedly.



  1. Gezza

     /  October 19, 2017

    “The probable soon to be ex-Prime Minister, Bill English, is giving a media conference.”
    Where? What channel?

  2. robertguyton

     /  October 19, 2017


  3. PDB

     /  October 19, 2017

    Dignity intact for English – the biggest sell-outs were always going to be chosen by Winston.

    Labour already sold out their mates the Greens, just need to see what NZL First got from them.

    • Gezza

       /  October 19, 2017

      Jacinda’s offered them Cabinet posts. What have I missed?

      • PDB

         /  October 19, 2017

        Winston didn’t even acknowledge them as being part of the govt………their policies are a no-go unless Winston approves.

  4. robertguyton

     /  October 19, 2017

    National – Opposition, right?