Bridges rules out National working with NZ First to form a government

Simon Bridges has done what seemed inevitable, ruling out working with NZ First to form a Government after the election later this year. It would be a farce if they had kept the option open after what happened last election and what has happened since then.

Winston Peters has responded saying that Bridges has a lot to learn about politics in narrowing down their governing options – but bridges has no doubt learned something from John key ruling out NZ First in 2008 and Peters losing his electorate and NZ First being dumped from Parliament.

National rules out working with NZ First

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has today ruled out working with NZ First to form a Government after the 2020 election.

“A vote for NZ First is a vote for Labour and the Greens,” Mr Bridges says.

“National wants New Zealanders to have a clear choice and certainty about what they’re getting when they go to the ballot box. A vote for National will mean more money in your pocket, more transport infrastructure and safety for your family. We will get things done. Our decisions will be about what’s best for New Zealanders, not what’s best for NZ First.

“This Labour/Green/NZ First Government has failed to deliver for New Zealanders. The cost of living has gone up, taxes have been piled on, there’s been no new infrastructure, and crime has risen making your family less safe. New Zealanders have been let down and we can’t afford another three years of this incompetence.

“I don’t believe we can work with NZ First and have a constructive trusting relationship. When National was negotiating in good faith with NZ First after the last election, its leader was suing key National MPs and staff. I don’t trust NZ First and I don’t believe New Zealanders can either.

“National had a constructive working relationship with ACT while in Government. We developed the partnership schools model and worked together to reduce red tape. We would again be open to working with ACT.

“New Zealanders have a clear choice heading into this year’s election. The Government I lead will result in families who are better off, can get to work and school on time and are safer in their communities.

“A Labour/Greens/NZ First Government will mean more incompetence and wasteful spending, and you’ll pay for it with more taxes, costs, and burdens on you and your family.”

In response:

NZ First Response to National Ruling the Party Out

New Zealand First Response to National Ruling the Party Out as a Possible Coalition Partner

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is unfazed by today’s announcement by National Party leader Simon Bridges ruling the party our as a potential coalition partner after the 2020 General Election.

‘Let me say this – he’s got a lot to learn about politics. Narrowing your options can be the worst strategic move you will ever make, Mr Peters said.

‘Having been in politics a long time, and a member of the National Party for over 25 years, the one thing New Zealand First is confident about is that if voters deliver that possibility, and if Mr Bridges doesn’t pick up the phone, someone else within his caucus will do it for him. He has also demonstrated he has no insight into what a unified caucus looks like, stated Mr Peters.

‘As Douglas McArthur said, there’ll come a time soon when he’ll want to see me much more than I want to see him.’

But this also narrows NZ First options down to Labour or Labour + Greens – it;s hard to see NZ First and the Maori Party being in the same government (should the Maori Party get back intio Parliament).

 

 

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27 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  2nd February 2020

    Thank god Winston is not going with that dodgy Simon Bridges,I can vote safely for NZF after all, comrade Simon’s best friend is communist China,and their bribes

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  2nd February 2020

      Hardly, as China is communist and the National Party is the opposite.

      It’s the PM who used the word ‘comrade’ however many times it was.

      Accusations of bribery are defamatory.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  2nd February 2020

        15 times in 8 minutes. Comrade is not a term used by the right wing. It’s absurd to say that Simon Bridges is a Communist and call him Comrade Simon (Communists use Comrade as an honorific like Mr) when he’s on the other side.

        What do you think that China is bribing him to DO ?

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        • Duker

           /  2nd February 2020

          Ask Lord Haw haw

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  3rd February 2020

            Too late, he’s been dead for years; I think he was hanged after the war.

            ‘Gairmany calling, Gairmany calling….’

            How galling for him that people thought he was hilarious and listened to him to have a laugh.

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      • duperez

         /  2nd February 2020

        Ardern said ‘comrade’ and according to some in online forums that has her as a strident communist determinedly turning us into a communist state. They have us day by day rapidly heading that way. 😊

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        • Duker

           /  3rd February 2020


          Bridges with his ex Chinese Spy agency Mp meeting the Chief of the Security Agencies in Beijing.

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          • Blazer

             /  3rd February 2020

            great election billboard for….

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            • Conspiratoor

               /  3rd February 2020

              …or great caption contest. Multiple red flags to any thinking voter if not photoshopped

    • Corky

       /  2nd February 2020

      Er, Lurchy. Simon can’t lose. Neither can people who vote National . See, if National lose the upcoming election, the wreckage from another three years of Labour will be so bad National will be given decades in government come the 2013 election. Yes, Simon will lose the leadership of National, but he will still be a high ranking MP should he decide to stay.

      Meanwhile, Winston now has a problem, even though he’s trying to put a good spin on said situation.

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    • lurcher1948

       /  2nd February 2020

      Touchy buggers,the truth hurts,dodgy bros run national and ACT,Maoris run the right in NZ

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      • Corky

         /  3rd February 2020

        Yes, they do Lurchy. Now you know why the Labour Maori caucus is losing the plot. It’s an old story with Labour, Maori are expected to know their place…and run nothing. 😁

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  2nd February 2020

    As you rightly say, this narrows Winston’s options not Simon’s who after all could always change his mind. But most importantly it narrows the voters’ options to National or the Left.

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    • Duker

       /  3rd February 2020

      Brideges has done this because its pressure from wealthy donors . Changing his mind is out of the question now. If he doesnt deliver for the party with the polls then he will be removed 2-3 months before the election.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  3rd February 2020

        Rubbish. He’s done it because it stops people voting for Winston instead of National.

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        • Duker

           /  3rd February 2020

          Stops them voting for Winston?

          In 2014 Key ruled out NZF but they got 8.66%, in 2011 Key ruled out NZF and they got 6.6%
          English didn’t rule them out in 2017 and they got 7.2%
          .
          I’m thinking the donors, not necessarily the biggest, have gotten what they asked for , the party activists, if you read Kiwiblog get completely frothing at mouth over Peter’s name.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  4th February 2020

            Interesting numbers which show Winston’s powers of recovery but possibly reflect less publicity for the later stands. I suspect Winston’s target market is not the most politically informed.

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  3. Art Croft

     /  3rd February 2020

    You do know that China is the biggest contributor to Winston”s foundation, don’t you.

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    • Corky

       /  3rd February 2020

      Winston is Chinese at heart. He even believes his Maori blood comes from mainland China.
      Arty, Winston doesn’t know whether he is an owlhoot or cowpoke.😂

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    • Duker

       /  3rd February 2020

      Not True about the Foundation.
      “Between April 23, 2017, and April 5, 2019, there were 41 donations of more than $5000 to the NZ First Foundation, about which party officials were kept in the dark.
      The largest series of donations occurs from Conrad Properties Ltd …..
      The racing industry feature heavily within the donations, with at least $80,000 identified.
      One investor, who Stuff has decided not to name, has connections with the mānuka honey industry…
      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/117577119/who-are-the-donors-behind-the-nz-first-foundation
      No evidence that they are ‘linked to China’, that is of course Nationals territory and its method of hiding almost all MPs donations and ‘getting’ Chinese donations under the $15k bank.

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      • Artcroft

         /  3rd February 2020

        That was only the first of Winston foundations there are at least two others.

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        • Duker

           /  3rd February 2020

          Thats an invention in your head…its your style to make it all up , and then tell big lies

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          • ARTCROFT

             /  3rd February 2020

            Please Duker, don’t be naive.Winston takes money from everywhere and everyone. Why do you think he doesn’t declare it. Your do you still believe in the toothfairy and the most transparent got ever.

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            • Duker

               /  3rd February 2020

              What’s the 2 foundations called ?
              Like I said you just lie, Bridges beats him to any Chinese money hands down, he was caught out getting his bag man Ross to collect ‘the $100k’

            • artcroft

               /  3rd February 2020

              Remember it was Winston who lied to MSD and told them he was single in order to collect a larger pension.

              And now you think his electoral returns are correct. Pleease… is there anything you won’t believe.

            • Duker

               /  4th February 2020

              The forms were confusing as he ticked partner and of course she was sitting next to him for the interview.
              Shall we go through John Keys lies one by one …. starting with the lie about living in the electorate( instead living in Remuera) when he was trying to get pre-selection over a sitting Nat MP and so on for a long list during his time as PM. Rememeber when he was caught out about shares he owned.
              Even when English replaced him, Keys faithfull puppy Eagleson was still saying about his previous boss – “if the official documents contradict Key statement, then they must be wrong” …The documents must be wrong ?

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