New Zealand First Response to National Ruling the Party Out as a Possible Coalition Partner
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is unfazed by today’s announcement by National Party leader Simon Bridges ruling
the party our as a potential coalition partner after the 2020 General Election.
‘Let me say this – he’s got a lot to learn about politics. Narrowing your options can be the worst strategic move you
will ever make, Mr Peters said.
‘Having been in politics a long time, and a member of the National Party for over 25 years, the one thing New Zealand
First is confident about is that if voters deliver that possibility, and if Mr Bridges doesn’t pick up the phone,
someone else within his caucus will do it for him. He has also demonstrated he has no insight into what a unified caucus
looks like, stated Mr Peters.
‘As Douglas McArthur said, there’ll come a time soon when he’ll want to see me much more than I want to see him.’