"New Zealanders don't take kindly to being told what they've got to do, particularly when they're the masters come election day."
Labour leader Phil Goff also believed Mr Key was arrogant for ruling out NZ First prior to voters having their say.
"I'm going to let the voters make the decision."
What Key has given voters is clarity about what their decision means. He has afforded them more power - not less.
Key has done three honest, up front things this year; given people the option to vote for or against asset sales; given us the date of the election and ruled Peters out of any coalition arrangement. This is what people want more of from politicians.