This fiasco of a negotiation process has been made far worse by the pathetic level of analysis the NZ mainstream media have managed to give it.
The rest have really been horse shit!
How many times can you tell the Press Gallery that the negotiation deal is just around the corner and for the Press Gallery to glibly believe them?
TVNZ’s Political Reporter Benedict Collins was predicting a Government sorted the weekend after the results for Christ’s sake and most pundits seem to have no idea whatsoever of the policy problems.
All the mainstream media have done is manufacture the pretence of stability.
As TDB has been pointing out before the election, the ACT, National, NZFirst Government was always going to be wrought and riven with egos and diametrically opposed policy positions.
David and Winston need to both be in Government and in Cabinet so they are both bound by Cabinet Responsibility and ties the fate of one to the other.
This Government is a scorpion, sitting on a fox’s face, riding in the open jaws of a great white shark.
ACT and NZF are negotiating a Mutually Assured Destruction agreement to hold the peace for 3 years.
The lack of analysis of what is actually happening is a disservice to the obligations of the Fourth Estate.
We don’t have a watch dog for democracy, we have a lap dog.
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