Would the real Leader of the Opposition please step forward

David Shearer had a shocker in his first outing of the year, his questions were ignored, his front bench were batted away and Winston Peters made a play to take over as the real Leader of the Opposition despite looking decidedly under the weather and his wig just a bit ruffled:

Long schooled in the defter arts of Opposition, the Old Master is finally back in his happiest hunting ground. For now, the would-be Apprentice can only watch and learn.

The first day of the new parliamentary year yesterday had Winston Peters handing out a couple of free lessons on how to be effective on the Opposition benches.

In contrast, the question-time debut by Labour’s new leader found David Shearer largely banging his head against a John Key-erected brick wall.

Rather than going after National – as Shearer was doing – Peters’ target was the Maori Party, whose MPs were strangely absent from the House.

It was classic stuff from the NZ First leader. He used his party’s sole question to probe Key on an alleged misuse of money allocated to the Maori Party’s treasured Whanau Ora scheme.

This promising questioning spluttered out after the Prime Minister replied that he was simply unaware of what Peters was on about.

Say what you will about Winston Peters, but I’ll give him this, though he may wear a wig he sure as hell doesn’t use botox.


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  • Groans

    It’s only fair that the Govt. should work for a living, they’ve had their 3 years leave.  Its great to see Winston back in action. 

  • Mattyman

    Winston First replacing Labour as the opposition party? Yeah, I’m happy with that.

  • Auto_immune

    Labour should swallow their pride and give Winston some of their allocated question slots:  Better chance of holding the Government to account.

  • Guest

    Sh-sh-sh-sh-Shearer had a sh-sh-sh-sh-rubbish performance yesterday

  • Notrotsky

    Whale it looks like silent T is using the stranded and his group of tame troll sychophants as a megaphone going forward.


  • Phar Lap

    Winston took a beating when he took on Tariana today over the Whanau Ora payments.Tariana told him some bird called Totman who Peters lives with was in fact doing work for Whanau Ora and creaming it.Seems her tenant Peters has been hung by his own petard.

    • Kosh103

      I believe Winston has basicly called her comments a lie.

  • Peter Wilson

    then Mallard referred to his leader as “my colleague.”