Matthew Hooton wonders who NZ’s Donald Trump is:
“Who is our Donald Trump?”
It’s a question with which political pundits will bore voters over the 10 months to New Zealand’s election.
Top of the list will be Winston Peters, who, at 71, is just a year older than Mr Trump and is planning his last and most audacious attempt to become prime minister. There are of course parallels. On immigration, globalisation and using hyperbole to make a point, it may even be more accurate to describe Mr Trump as the US’ Mr Peters. Both run shambolic yet somehow effective political machines.
However, having first entered Parliament in 1978 when Jimmy Carter was in the White House, and having served as deputy prime minister, treasurer and foreign minister, Mr Peters is not even close to being Mr Trump’s anti-politician. Besides, he ultimately lacks the necessary malevolence. The Peters grin is no Trump scowl.