…like Winston Peters
Herald media blogger Paul Casserly manages to mix politics and science to explain
There’s no point arguing with some people.
That’s something that Patrick Gower and every other journalist in New Zealand who finds themselves in front of Winston Peters knows all to well. To interview the man is essentially to be told off by him.
After a lengthy spiel about how New Zealand First is totally against the recent electrical asset sales and plans, if able, to “put back the system into one delivery of electricity throughout the country” Gower sought clarification, “So you will buy back Genesis?” Winston: “Yes”. God, we were actually getting somewhere for once.
“Would you walk away from negotiations over that? Would you walk away?” continued Gower. But, as you probably guessed, we were soon shot back in outer space, entering a wormhole that even Sagan or deGrasse Tyson would struggle to grapple with.
Winston, did not answer with an earthly “yes” or “no”, or even a “maybe”, but came back with a lengthy telling off.
“You say ‘you’! Straight away we’re back talking about Winston Peters. The New Zealand First Party is having it’s 21st birthday in July of this year, which means that we haven’t been around because one guy has been running the show himself like a dictator … In terms of walking away we’re not even walking in until we get what we believe New Zealand economically and socially needs … Paddy look, I’m not going sit here like someone in a star-chamber federal case in the United States while you think you’re going to nail me down.”
There was to be no nailing down in this particular “star-chamber” or any other I suspect, but it’s fun to watch an attempt.
As a TV spectacle these encounters with Peters are unequalled, like the joy one gets from watching someone attempting to wrestle a greasy pig.
It’s going to be an interesting ride to the election thanks to planet Winston, just as it’s going to be an interesting ride through the universe onÂ Cosmos.
Indeed, Neil deGrasse Tyson seems to describe both journeys when he says: “In this ship of the imagination, free from the shackles of space and time we can go anywhere.”
I honestly don’t know why any media invites Peters to an “interview”. Â They are either buying themselves a few minutes of personal and professional insults or if they are still wincing from the last encounter, the give Peters a run at a free commercial to say pretty much anything he likes.
With Winston, the only winning move is not to play.