Fran O’Sullivan writes:
I’m joining the “forces of treachery” and arguing it is time Bill English stepped up and said he is willing to open negotiations with any of the other political parties to form a Government.
That’s patriotism not treachery.
But Peters’ television appearances are not engendering confidence. How hard is it for English to say he would like to meet with James Shaw, to see if the Greens – not just NZ First – can be included in an electoral accommodation?
Sure, it would be a risky move. Shaw could spurn English’s overture. Peters could get in a huff and march straight into Labour’s arms.
But there is probably more than a 50 per cent chance of that happening anyway.
The point is, if MMP is to work in the way that Peters has promoted this week, all the parties should be talking with each other now and making best endeavours to see if a governing arrangement can be put together in the best interests of the nation.
I agree. All parties should be talking to each other, not just leave it all to Winston. NZ First got 7% of the vote, which means 93% did not vote for them.