Winston’s dance card is filling up – everyone wants to take him home

Winston Peters is the man of the moment, especially since Colin Craig is going down in a blaze of ignominy.

Prime Minister John Key has signalled he’ll announce before next year’s election that he’s prepared to work with NZ First to form a government if he has to.

Mr Key ruled out working with NZ First leader Winston Peters before the 2008 and 2011 elections, but changed his attitude before the 2014 election.

He didn’t need to work with Mr Peters post-election in 2014 because he had enough support elsewhere to form a government.  

Asked on Tuesday what his position would be next time, he replied it was “very unlikely” NZ First would be ruled out.

“It’s highly likely we’ll go in and say we’ll work with parties that will work with National – that won’t be the Greens because they’ve gone into an agreement with Labour,” he said.

Labour leader Andrew Little also says he’s prepared to work with NZ First post-election, and considered Mr Peters to be a man of his word.

John Key has little or no choices here. People are sick of Peter Dunne. ACT is largely ineffectual. I’m not sure the Maori party will even exist.

If it comes down to Winston or out the choice won’t be John Key’s it will be his caucus who will cut his throat in the time it takes to slam the door on a ministerial limousine.



  • Blueburd

    “and considered Mr Peters to be a man of his word.”

    Is Little Angry saying that Peters has committed to Labour already by this statement.

    If Little Angry really believe Peters is a man of his word then he really is deluded

  • Tom

    Could the demise of the Conservative party be a gain for ACT and could that improve their chances of being an effective partner for National.

    • Nige.

      I don’t think they ate into act all that much really.

  • curry4me

    No doubt, most of us here would rather spend a week listening to a loop of Jim Anderton’s speeches than say anything good about New-Zealand First. As for voting NZ First, most would be more likely to say something positive about Ms Turia than actually vote NZ First. There are many good reasons for this.

    New-Zealand First have been around since 1991. They’ve been mostly in, and briefly out of parliament. They’ve been in coalition with National, and Labour. Winston Peters is doubtless the reason they are at 10% in the polls. However he is not getting any younger. Let’s assume he is still in parliament in 2017 at election time. National and New-Zealand First have enough seats for a two party coalition. Shane Jones has joined, and is an MP. Labour is down to 20%. It lasts. Stuart Nash has quit parliament. He spends the next term working with a telegenic charity. Come 2020, he joins NZ First. Peters [now Sir Winston] announces his retirement. Either Winston picks a successor, or there is a three way fight between Ron Mark, Shane Jones, and Stuart Nash for the leadership. Nash, or Jones win. It looks like there will be a National-New-Zealand First government in 2020.

    Will many on this blog support it? Will New-Zealand First stay at 8-10 % in the polls? Will it’s policies change? Will it be seen as a viable conservative, or centre-right party? Will some of us tick National-New-Zealand First at the ballot box? Will some join, and try to keep it consistent, and credible post Peters? Maybe they could coordinate their efforts on a social media group. Or they could be the equivalent of the 1922 committee.

  • JeffDaRef

    The people who support Winston may not be big fans of National/Key, but they are certainly not screaming socialists either.
    Winston knows where his support comes from – sure he’ll string it out as long as he can, but he’ll go with National 110%.
    His price may be some restrictions on immigration and foreign investment, goodies for oldies, and of course a juicy cabinet role, but really nothing most right-leaning folk couldn’t live with nor anything to particularly upset the economy.
    I could live with it – so stealing a trick off the New Plymouth mayor, why dont we cancel the next election and get on with it…?

  • Keanne Lawrence

    If people continue to draw their information from the Media party along with the spicy bits from social media it is very likely old Winston First may yet windup his political career on a high note. Or just as likely not since not all those singing his praises are guaranteed to take that quiet time to make their mark and vote. He knows that and has followed Labour in looking for the missing million who all seem to prefer to play “hide and speak”.
    Then his recent heralding of “policies” also seemed to follow the left passage in a familiar pork barrel offering. Long on generosity and short on responsibility or detail. A sort of anti-depressant policy equivalent. Sure they make you smile but the side effects are harder to live with.
    Polls are fun to watch and speculate on but the Media party ignore them almost completely when they do not suit their narrative thus missing the most crucial indicator of all – trends.
    IMHO little old NZ has become the default leader of a trend that is seeing an increasing wave of change as other countries head for right hand drive. A stable administration with fiscally responsible policies that produced the earliest recovery from the GFC has drawn a lot of attention. The Media party give a great illustration of their stupidity by floating the idea of an early election. This poses the question. Are they really that dumb or has the real prospect of NO coalition partners being needed after the next election got them clutching at straws?