Collins: no reason for National to change ‘no deal’ with NZ First

Some time ago the National caucus decided they would rule out doing a coalition deal with NZ First after the election.  Todd Muller had indicated that hadn’t changed under his leadership, and now Judith Collins has done the same.

NZ First are launching their election campaign this weekend, but this may dampen their enthusiasm as it reduces their leverage as they can’t play Labour versus National.

Stuff:  Judith Collins says post-election deal with NZ First ‘not likely’

Speaking to media after putting up the billboards, she said had seen Winston Peters on Saturday morning and had “wished him well – but actually I’d rather we just won”.

She said it was “not likely” they would be in government together: “I don’t know if his party’s going to be there after the election”.

“It’s really important to understand the caucus has said that they don’t want to do a deal with Winston Peters. There is no reason that I know that we are going to change that.

“My view is I’m just not worried about him, or his party vote. I’m focused on the National Party vote.”

As that is a politician speaking it doesn’t rule out a deal categorically, but if Collins reneges on this she should be hammered.

Talking of hammering, that’s what has been happening to NZ First in polls, with recent polls putting Peters’ party around 1%.

In a ‘preferred Prime Minister’ poll this week David Seymour and Chloe Swarbrick polled higher than Peters. Winston is going to pull something out of the hat this campaign if he is going to save his party.

The poll was commissioned by The Project with Yabble, and the 500 respondents were asked: Thinking about all current MPs of any party, which one would you personally prefer to be Prime Minister?  The poll was conducted on July 15 and it has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent. – Newshub

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  1. John J Harrison

     /  18th July 2020

    This is wonderful news as Muller gave Peters unnecessary oxygen by refusing to be unequivocal on the issue.
    A fence sitter.
    Peters is now terminal— thank God, Buddha and Allah or whoever floats your boat
    His election launch /conference tonight showed about 50 attending !
    Compare that to ACT where 600 turned up and paid $50 for the privilege.
    Even Labour would never attract such a crowd— unless they paid them to turn up.
    At last the great charlatan of NZ politics and his party is finished.

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    • Kimbo

       /  18th July 2020

      Yeah, but I won’t believe until the figurative political coffin is nailed shut and buried. For all Peters’ many faults – including laziness and incompetence – he is an electioneering alchemist able to turn lead into gold. Given a chance he will turn anything into a sufficient cause to fool 5% of the electorate. Teapots tapes, Pike River re-entry, leaked Nat Super update details (which would have finished any other politician as incompetent and/or corrupt, but no, Peters turned it into an asset!)

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      • Corky

         /  19th July 2020

        I agree. He has rogered the media and voters many times and has done so gleefully. I’m picking a very nasty ride from the media should Winston not make the 5% mark. The media did similar to Muldoon when he left parliament. The media told him a farewell had been arranged. When Muldoon opened the door to an empty room the media filmed his reaction.

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    • Blazer

       /  18th July 2020

      get a dictionary and look up unequivocal….then read what Collins said again.

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  2. Kimbo

     /  18th July 2020

    Quite right by Collins. Part of the centre vote she will be targeting is gutting NZ First of their constituency.

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    • Gezza

       /  18th July 2020

      Interesting just looking again at the photo montage of those in that Newshub preferred PM poll.

      Which one stands out for the out-of-place facial expression?

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      • All of them; they are most unflattering photos taken from awkward angles.

        Winston Peters looks very shifty and as if he’s forgotten to put his teeth in.Which is most unfortunate as he seems to have his own teeth.

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        • Gezza

           /  18th July 2020

          None of them are particularly flattering images, I agree, but all of them have rather bland, somewhat neutral expressions. Except Collins. For her they choose one where she’s glowering.

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          • I see her as concentrating and slightly puzzled, as they all do except Winston who doesn’t look as if he’s part of the group.

            They all look as if they’re at the races, really ! They’re all focussing on something, but he’s looking sideways at them.

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  3. Blazer

     /  18th July 2020

    Yes Collins is tough and determined… 😉

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    • Gezza

       /  18th July 2020

      That’s a rather kind way to put it. Especially for you, B. 🙂

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      • Blazer

         /  18th July 2020

        Well I must admit your recent political observations have been very considered and even handed and a change from the usual partisan contributions of most including..moi.

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