So I’m thinking National’s ‘deal’ with ACT – in which Key bent over backwards to extend life-support to a discredited, crackpot joke of a political party, then gave its sole MP two Ministerial portfolios and major un-mandated far-right policy concessions on the grounds that the MMP coalition process forced them to cede them during coalition negotiations – is the second sleaziest, most disgusting backroom deal in our modern political history. The champion is Winston Peters’ 1996 decision to enter coalition with National after promising during the campaign that he wouldn’t go into coalition with National. And I think his 2005 refuse-the-baubles-of-power-hey-look-I’m-Foreign-Minister stunt is number three.
So only the second worst. But still pretty loathsome.