Patrick Gower has written a piece about Winston Peters being John Key’s only real choice and that once again Winston Peters is set to become the “King Maker”.
Of course all Patrick Gower is trying to do is get John Key to rule Winston Peters in or out, that way it sets up a couple of nice angles for him.
The theory goes that with the demise of John Banks, Peter Dunne and the Maori Party, Key has no mates and needs Peters.
And that Peters is mellowing, that he is a Tory at heart, that he hates the Greens and that the ultimate comeback on Key will be working with him in Government. And also that Peters is not that bad to work with while he’s in Government.
It all seems easy.
But if Key doesn’t rule Peters out next year, he creates a monster. Peters becomes much more relevant to the electorate.
No longer will a vote for Peters be a vote for the Left – a vote for Helen Clark, or a vote for Phil Goff as it has been in the past.
Voters who want a right-wing Government who have previously voted for National will have a reason to vote for Peters.
Particularly those voters who have a redneck streak, who don’t like the Maori Party, who don’t like asset sales and who are concerned by China. There are a few of them out there. Read more »