John Key should wait until the election he has just announced before deciding on the shape of the next government, Winston Peters said today.
He was responding to the prime minister's announcement that he would not form a coalition with New Zealand First if Mr Peters held the balance of power after the November 26 vote.
“We usually wait until the people have voted to form a government. Unlike money traders and junk bond dealers we do not make deals until the event has actually taken place," Mr Peters said, adding that NZ First had never said it wanted to go into a coalition with any particular party.
"We also have the option of sitting on the cross-benches acting as a watchdog for the people and getting them a better deal from whoever is in government," Mr Peters said.
“Mr Key is obviously dead scared that we will be around to stop him flogging off all our state-owned assets. He knows that we will not let National go down that path ever again. He knows that we will not let National give away the foreshore and seabed."