Hooton pointed out that National has said it will offer the Maori Party a role, even if they don’t need them to govern. So up to the Maori Party if they want to play ball.
Derek Fox says up to National and Labour to decide what they will do, and they will decide after the election.
Chris Trotter says he used to think National and the Maori Party agreeing to work together in coalition or on confidence and supply as preposterous, but now it is more likely than the Maori Party supporting Labour!!!
Trotter also points out Maori Party will get National to drop Maori seats abolition policy as price of a deal.
Tamihere said Turia favours National, Sharples favours Labour, Flavell is all over the place and Harawira favours a more neutral cross-benches position. Not sure he would know, but an interesting analysis. Derek Fox has just said his analysis is completely at odds with the meetings he has been sitting in. Fox also says he is not conservative and rejects old labels like that.
I am enjoying Tamihere calling Trotter “Trotsky” and telling Matthew “Shut up Hootie” – something Kathryn Ryan probably wishes she could say occassionally 🙂
They then turned to Winston and Matthew has a superb quote:
He may use all this publicity to target the mad elderly Pakeha racist vote and get up to 5%
And this is Helen’s coalition partner he is describing!
Hooton points out that Maori Party would be one of many parties if a Labour-led Government is formed but with National could form a majority just with them probably.
Trotter says he thinks Labour does not want to deal with the Maori Party in his view, which is why they need Winston. If Winston is not there, National can form a stable Government with 46% of the vote.
So Labour is choosing Winston over the Maori Party!
Fox advocates merit of staying on cross-benches to avoid the fate of most minor parties in Government.
An amusing mistake by Hekia Parata as she said John Key had ruled out United Future when she meant NZ First. They joked Peter Dunne had already started slitting his wrists! Parata was very good on the show, and demonstrated why she will probably be a Minister during her first term in Parliament.