The leaders of National, Act and NZ First are set to finally meet all together today – the first time they will have all been in a room together in more than a month during coalition talks.
It’s understood the three have arranged a meeting together, an important stage of the negotiations after a no-show by NZ First leader Winston Peters in Wellington on Tuesday.
While details around the venue and timing of the meeting were being kept under wraps, National leader Christopher Luxon was seen leaving Parliament in a hurry with MPs Paul Goldsmith and Simeon Brown last night and later spotted boarding a flight to Auckland, along with Act leader David Seymour.
Sources warned that despite the milestone meeting, it does not mean a a deal is imminent, and talks could stretch into the weekend or next week.
Follow the timeline.
Winston. David and Luxon agree to meet face to face.
Nicola Willis surprisingly announces a mini budget yesterday at 12pm.
Winston takes offence at a mini budget being suggested he hasn’t agreed to and snubs the face to face.
They have to renegotiate for a meeting.
These are all power games being played out by Winston, David and Luxon and externally it’s being sold as friendly, internally it’s a knife fight in a dark alley.
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/NZF represents Old Zealand and right now, Old Zealand is only 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 social vengeance.
How long will the NZ electorate find that bitter cocktail politically palatable and how long are we going to wait for it to be served?
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