Friday, November 24, 2023

Mike Hosking: A deal has finally been made

So it turned out OK.

Well, this part at least.

A deal is done, the pens and papers getting rolled out today and we have a Government.

You have to say, 20 days on from the final vote is not bad going.

There is a lot of weird democracy going on in the world. If you look at Argentina or Spain or Holland in just the past couple of weeks alone, the fact that some got exercised over 20 days in a free and fair election reminds us we don’t know how lucky we are.

As it has been pointed out, three parties in Government is a first in Cabinet, bound together by what I assume is a moderately detailed document.

You have to commend, firstly, Chris Luxon. The media gave him a ridiculous serve over his mergers and acquisition claims. Even if you suggest, and I probably do, that he shouldn’t have spruiked his credentials 20 days shows, details pending, he delivered.

But that is the Luxon story so far isn't it?

The media, who have been shockingly exposed these past six years over their bias, decided Luxon was a clown, couldn't connect, didn’t know politics and was set for a fall.

Yet, look at the proof. He fixed National, won the election and stitched together a three party deal in less than three weeks.

You also have to commend David Seymour and Winston Peters. There were no leaks, plenty of professionalism and Seymour, as I have said, gets extra kudos for being pretty available to tell us, within constraint, what was going on.

The potential here is huge.

MMP has been ropey. Too many deals have not been delivered, too many people have fallen out and too many parties have been punished, even vanished, as part of deals.

This one might end up the same. But my gut says it's got a better-than-even chance of actually being a hit.

There is genuine good will and genuine common purpose, with people who have a combination of real world experience, political experience and plain, old zeal to get this country, this once great country currently battered and hobbled, back on its feet and firing.

There are details, jobs, policies and compromises to come.

But at this stage - let's get into it, let's sort some stuff and let's wish them well.

Mike Hosking is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently hosts The Mike Hosking Breakfast show on NewstalkZB on weekday mornings - where this article was sourced.


Peter said...

Well, I see ACT were quick of the mark with their latest bulletin and firmly in the coalition's sights is: "Restore the right to local referendum on the establishment or use of Māori wards, remove co-governance from the delivery of public services and repeal race-based laws, ensure government contracts are not awarded based on race, and issue a directive to all central government organisations that public services should be prioritised on the basis of need, not race."

That alone is a damned good start in getting our nation back on track.

ihcpcoro said...

Won't it be bloody marvelous to look forward to a summer where cricket is your foremost concern. The new government offers real experience and talent at all levels, and will start to restore our historical (blind?) trust in all public institutions. Adults back at the helm.

Anonymous said...

I must admit I felt pretty happy reading the list of policy agreements.
Especially the sorting of the Maori preference issues that have seeped into all aspects of life insidiously and without consultation or mutual agreement.
Other matters also being addressed gives me hope for our new government and Prime Minister.
The media can now stop slagging Luxon and Peters. Looking at you Mike Hosking.