Deal of the century

So now we know why Winston went with Jacinda.

Deputy PM, Minister of foreign affairs and 20% of the Cabinet. All that off 7% of the vote?

This outcome is a result of a clever old fox out bargaining a desperate newbie who would do anything to get into power.

By contrast, this demonstrates the integrity that Bill English has displayed. Clearly he wasn’t prepared to sacrifice everything to get Winston onboard, and for that he deserves our respect.

So what’s next for Jacinda? She is going to APEC shortly and is seeking amendments to the TPP package. Based on her performance with Winston, we’ll be lucky if we don’t end up worse off, perhaps she should just send him, he’s basically in charge anyway.

Arohanui Mary xx