Externally it’s all smiles and glad handing.
Internally it’s a fully fledged panic.
The loathing between ACT and NZFirst makes the TERF vs Trans debate look mild.
NZ First is like retirement village political chlamydia, but more delusional. ACT have values that would embarrass your average Drug Cartel and shame flesh hungry piranha while Luxon looks like a frightened virgin at an orgy.
National built their entire economic model on the fake premise they’ll make billions in revenue from a tax on foreign buyers speculating in the domestic market.
Problem is NZ First had the foreign buyers ban in their manifesto and helped Labour put in place in the first term of the Labour led Government.
The Real Estate Pimps have pumped millions of dollars in donations to National and want the foreign buyers ban lifted on top of re-opening tax loopholes, on top of dumping healthy home requirements, on top of the right to evict.
The solution is no lifting of the foreign buyers ban, dump the tax cuts and make the savings in the slashing of public services, or go to a second election.
This is why there is still so much of a chance that we may well go to a second election because National can’t budge Winston and ACT hate Winston.
The right have the money for a second election, the Left don’t and if Winston can be painted out as the problem, they could burn him politically.
National, ACT and NZ First expects the electorate to behave like Pavlov’s Dog.
In one breath we are told the negotiations can be immediate and quick, while in the next breath Winston and David re-state how they can walk away altogether.
The diametric policy differences will produce a buffet of dead rats that will led to the same incrementalism that doomed Labour.
That lack of traction on the social problems we face alongside the cost of living crisis demand responses National/ACT/NZF won’t have in their political DNA.
The full bite of the new mortgage rates many first time home buyers are rolling onto is denting hospitality, advertising slumps is destroying media and inflation keeps a new rate rise before Christmas a possibility.
600 000 require Food Banks each month, 300 000 face energy and housing poverty, 24 717 languish on the social housing wait list and the planet is melting.
The idea this grudge fuck of a Government can last 3 years without imploding is a gamble.
National/ACT/NZF represents Old Zealand and right now, Old Zealand is bound by a shared hate of beneficiaries, gangs and prisoners, but beyond this common malice towards the poorest and disenfranchised, the Alliance of Arseholes has nothing to offer but right wing vengeance.
How long will the NZ electorate find that bitter cocktail politically palatable?
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