Winston Peters says NZ First will sit in Opposition rather than go into coalition with any “race based” party.
On his way into Parliament today, Peters repeated earlier comments that NZ First might sit on the cross benches rather than go into a coalition that undermined its principles, including its opposition to what it calls “Maori separatism”.
“We are not going to be in any combination that is race-based,” Peters said.
As usual Peters has left wriggle room. What does go into coalition with mean? For example National has no coalition partners at the moment – only supply and confidence partners. Secondly National is the party in a relationship with both ACT and Maori Party but ACT does not have a relationship with the Maori Party directly.
And what does sit on the cross benches mean? Does that mean still vote for the Government, vote against the Government or abstain on supply and confidence?
I imagine that any journalist that ask Peters those questions will get abused, called a moron, and told their position is absolutely clear.