Nats simply out-bargained

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Re: Question of legitimacy still, October 26 letter.

Clive, of course Bill English tried to sway Winston Peters. Don’t tell us he walked away and would not be bought.

His problem was clearly that he did not sweeten the pot enough. That is, quite simply, what coalition negotiations are all about. Did the National Party not do that with Peter Dunne and the Maori Party?

I can only assume he wished to hold total control over running our country, as has been the situation over the past nine years.

Some time the National Party politicians have to lose a little of their arrogance and accept that a touch of give-and-take is necessary.

Clive, you have a possible problem in that you live in the past and have difficulty in accepting change. How wrong were you to criticise Jude. Like us all, she is allowed an opinion and I am certain her “derogatory slur” on Bill English’s integrity is simply an interpretation created in your biased opinion.

Also, Jacinda Ardern did not make a desperate lunge for power at all cost. She simply used her obvious political expertise and out-bargained the National Party. I am certain Bill English tried to win over Winston but failed to do the job properly.

Clive, you can forget your fixation with a moral right to government. That thinking is “so last century”, as CJ Allen stated. Fancy Bill and his crew being outwitted by a young, intelligent and innovative woman. Oh the ignominy of it all.

Jacinda showed that the descriptive prose of “Jacindamania” was a poor choice and her stardust affect (thanks Bill English) appears to have suffocated the National hierarchy, choking their acceptance of the word “defeat”.

Keep writing Clive, you have another nine years to get it right.

Mike Mulrooney

Re: Question of legitimacy still, October 26 letter.

Clive, of course Bill English tried to sway Winston Peters. Don’t tell us he walked away and would not be bought.

His problem was clearly that he did not sweeten the pot enough. That is, quite simply, what coalition negotiations are all about. Did the National Party not do that with Peter Dunne and the Maori Party?

I can only assume he wished to hold total control over running our country, as has been the situation over the past nine years.

Some time the National Party politicians have to lose a little of their arrogance and accept that a touch of give-and-take is necessary.

Clive, you have a possible problem in that you live in the past and have difficulty in accepting change. How wrong were you to criticise Jude. Like us all, she is allowed an opinion and I am certain her “derogatory slur” on Bill English’s integrity is simply an interpretation created in your biased opinion.

Also, Jacinda Ardern did not make a desperate lunge for power at all cost. She simply used her obvious political expertise and out-bargained the National Party. I am certain Bill English tried to win over Winston but failed to do the job properly.

Clive, you can forget your fixation with a moral right to government. That thinking is “so last century”, as CJ Allen stated. Fancy Bill and his crew being outwitted by a young, intelligent and innovative woman. Oh the ignominy of it all.

Jacinda showed that the descriptive prose of “Jacindamania” was a poor choice and her stardust affect (thanks Bill English) appears to have suffocated the National hierarchy, choking their acceptance of the word “defeat”.

Keep writing Clive, you have another nine years to get it right.

Mike Mulrooney

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Clive Bibby - 20 days ago
Hey Mike
It is understandable that you and the other hordes of left-leaning writers are enjoying your opportunity to challenge my point of view. I never write anything to gain your approval but simply tell it like I see it. However, you and all the rest of my critics might like to read a piece that can be downloaded from the Manawatu Standard published this morning on Stuff News, written by their political commentator Liam Hehir.
If you don't want to take my word for it, this guy virtually endorses much of my interpretation of the facts and, no, I wouldn't know him from a bar of soap.
I never make any claims to have all the answers Mike but it is nice to have one's opinions verified by someone who (unlike you and me) makes a living by putting his reputation on the line every time his contributions go to print. He must always do his best to make impartial observations otherwise he would be out of a job.
You should read it.

www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/98347787/nobody-can-complain-about-the-legitimacy-of-our-new-government

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