Winston explains why National voters are coming to NZ First

Winston Peters in front of his campaign bus

“There’s no doubt we’re gonna corrode the National party base because people have got a guts-full,” Peters said.

“We’ve spoken about things for a long time that have proven to be true, more and more New Zealanders are remembering who said that first.”

New Zealand’s levels of immigration were “disastrous economically and socially” – an issue NZ First had predicted years ago based on international research, he claims.

“When we were saying that, others were calling us xenophobic and racist. Look at the mess in Auckland now.

“Every infrastructural demand is at its very tipping point, whether it be roading, railways, hospitals, schools, it’s all at a critical tipping point.”

So it’s no surprise the party’s housing policy involves stopping speculation in land banking.

Peters is a fan of overseas speculators being hit with a “serious series of taxes”, as well as a housing and land register to keep track of who owns what.

The party would also buy land and build state housing.

However, Peters points out that the Government has an obsession with Auckland housing. All they need to do, is “give it a chance to breathe” (that is, with an immigration policy).

I claimed for a number of years that National’s support wasn’t all positive.  It is made up of a large number of voters that would like to vote for Labour, but while they can only see incompetence, they have nowhere else to go.

Winston is positioning to provide those voters with a viable choice.  Not Labour, and not National, but someone (sorry, I mean) a party that is more into giving things away for free, tries to keep dem Asians out just like the rednecks at Labour, and is in general a way for swing voters to find a new home.

The real danger is where Winston (sorry) NZ First carves out a large enough piece from the current swing voters supporting National so that a Labour/NZ First government without the Greens becomes possible.  At that point, he’ll be in the box seat.

2017 is shaping up to be an election where the electorate will still vote against a Green/Labour coalition, but the right vote is likely to be split, allowing NZ First to become a true king maker, and offering Winston the possibility of his last term in parliament being his best yet.


– Roseanna Prince, Stuff

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