Winston in top form as he schools a reporter

Winston Peters is a wily old dog and he schools Lloyd Burr good and proper.

When it comes to avoiding questions, Winston Peters is the best in the business.

But when there’s a simple question like: “Is Helen Clark the right person to lead the United Nations?”, if your answer isn’t “yes”, there’s no credible way to skip the question, change the subject and try move on without sounding like a Helen-hater.

The New Zealand First leader did just that. Here are his answers.  

  • “We respond as a caucus and we’ve had a discussion on the nomination, not the question you’re asking.”
  • “We answer as a party, we are united, cohesive, we don’t speak with 12 different voices. If you have anybody giving out rumour or statement about New Zealand First that doesn’t come from the leadership, then it simply wouldn’t be true.”
  • “I just told you New Zealand First speaks with one voice. We put out a press statement wishing her all the best. Why would you be asking me that question.”
  • “I think these are, with the greatest respect…you must be having a bad day or you’ve had a bad weekend…these are mindless questions that nobody with any sense would answer.”
  • “I don’t understand the point of that question. Are you trying to be….what is the point of that question?”
  • “Why would some Tom, Dick, and Harry journalist come along who’s been here five minutes and start asking me obtuse questions like that when it’s very obvious?”

It wasn’t a mindless question. The reason I kept asking was because he wasn’t answering the question. And when politicians don’t answer questions – especially Mr Peters – you know there’s something wrong.

So the question remains — does Mr Peters think Helen Clark is the right person to lead the UN?

The video is funny. Winston Peters was clearly playing with Burr and then gets bored and just walks off.

Whiny reporters are bread and butter for Winston.


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