Does Winston Peters really care for the North?
The short answer is no. New Zealand First hasn’t stood a candidate in the north since the 2005 election…10 years of not caring.
Rodney Hide also explains why it is that Winston is just playing the political charlatan once again.
The mischief in me wants Winston Peters to win Northland. The upset would be huge. National would lose a seat to New Zealand First.
Peter Dunne would be emboldened by National needing him and Act to pass legislation. Dunne says he would revisit his Supply and Confidence agreement with National – a deal made when his position was less propitious.
It would be a big hit on the Government. Peters would take one of National’s safest seats. National’s election night outright-win would be reduced to two votes short. The smallest tail would wag the biggest dog.
A Peters win would destabilise the Government and power up a Wellington electorate MP. Ohariu would benefit – not Northland. On winning Northland, Peters would resign as a list MP to clear the way for the next candidate on New Zealand First’s list. That candidate is Ria Bond … from Invercargill.
That’s right. In choosing Peters, Northland voters would be electing an MP from Invercargill.
Those in the Far North would elect a candidate from the deep south.