Winston Peters has launched a thinly veiled attack on the Speaker of Parliament, calling his expected appointment to a diplomatic post “white bro-rocracy”.
Speaker David Carter is thought to be the number one pick to be the next High Commissioner to London when Sir Lockwood Smith — the previous Speaker — ends his term early next year.
But Mr Peters says the practice of appointing ex-politicians has to stop — and he’s even making that official New Zealand First policy.
“Meritocracy has been abandoned in favour of a mainly white ‘bro-rocracy’,” Mr Peters told students at a Victoria University lecture.
He says if New Zealand First end up holding the balance of political power, any future appointments he doesn’t think are worthy would be dragged back and replaced by what he calls a “capable” candidate.
“We’re not going to tolerate that sort of abuse of Foreign Affairs or the overriding of talented experienced people for political junkies,” he said.
Mr Peters says there were too many friends appointed to high international posts — calling them “beneficiaries of some golden handshake”.
He’s mad, and he’s warning them they are on notice. Once he’s in government, he’ll take his share of revenge, especially against David Carter who, it must be said, lost his rag with NZ First all too easily recently. Read more »