It is possible, especially the way National is governing at the moment.
I really can’t see Winston Peters wanting to dance with the Greens and Labour. He’s a conservative in his core.
The only thing stopping any meaningful accommodation with Winston Peters is personalities at play. John Key doesn’t like him and the feeling is mutual from Winston.
But, if National slides and centrist voters can’t stomach a Labour Party run by a union boss there is really only one place for those votes to go…to Winston Peters.
He is flying a kite right now that he could be PM, a position he has never had despite having the Right Honourable title already. NBR reports:
Winston Peters refuses to rule out wanting to share the Prime Ministership after the 2017 election, should a Labour-Greens-NZ First coalition government win power.
He says there’s precedent for a Prime Minister coming from a second biggest party in a coalition — in 1932 when the Prime Minister during the 24th Parliament was George Forbes, leader of the smaller United Party in a United-Reform coalition (the two parties merged a few years later to form the National Party). The coalition was demolished by Labour at the 1935 election.
The Northland MP believes NZ First has led the opposition on many issues this year. “In many ways we have led the Opposition, and there’s no doubt about it,” he says.
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