Brand Little too toxic for Peters

Winston Peters speaks at a Maori Affairs select committee

Winston Peters knows how to count, and he’s counted Andrew Little out.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says his party has no plan to campaign alongside Labour at the general election or to issue joint policy.

Labour leader Andrew Little said yesterday that Labour was working closely with New Zealand First and the Green Party and met with their party leaders regularly.

“We’ve got to have a good relationship if we’re going to call the Government to account because that’s what New Zealanders want us to do,” he told TVNZ’s Q+A.  

Mr Peters said this morning he met with Mr Little to discuss Parliamentary business, such as Question Time and conduct in the House. His party had also aligned with Labour on lobbying for the manufacturing industry in New Zealand and protesting against the partial sale of state assets.

But when it came to an election, there was no chance of a combined campaign, Mr Peters said.

“We have never changed our view about going into the election period and leaving the decision to the voters,” he said.

“We don’t do joint policy statements. We get on with our own policies and our own strategies.”

Winston is as cunning as a robbers dog and he knows there is zero chance of a Labour/NZ First/Greens government.

Sadly the Labour caucus is still stuck in the Clark years and they think they own Winston Peters. Caucus members I spoke to yesterday suggested that Winston Peters was a lock for them and not for National. When asked if any of them had heard that from Winston directly the sounds of crickets was deafening.

Right now Winston Peters is really hoping National selects Grant McCullum to take him on in Northland, mainly because he knows Grant would get a high list ranking, and end up in parliament anyway and provide him with a good drinking buddy to spend the evenings purposively at the Green Parrot.


– NZ Herald

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