Winston getting severely pissed that he’s not being offered a cushy retirement at the trough

Winston Peters has launched a thinly veiled attack on the Speaker of Parliament, calling his expected appointment to a diplomatic post “white bro-rocracy”.

Speaker David Carter is thought to be the number one pick to be the next High Commissioner to London when Sir Lockwood Smith — the previous Speaker — ends his term early next year.

But Mr Peters says the practice of appointing ex-politicians has to stop — and he’s even making that official New Zealand First policy.

“Meritocracy has been abandoned in favour of a mainly white ‘bro-rocracy’,” Mr Peters told students at a Victoria University lecture.

He says if New Zealand First end up holding the balance of political power, any future appointments he doesn’t think are worthy would be dragged back and replaced by what he calls a “capable” candidate.

“We’re not going to tolerate that sort of abuse of Foreign Affairs or the overriding of talented experienced people for political junkies,” he said.

Mr Peters says there were too many friends appointed to high international posts — calling them “beneficiaries of some golden handshake”.

He’s mad, and he’s warning them they are on notice.  Once he’s in government, he’ll take his share of revenge, especially against David Carter who, it must be said, lost his rag with NZ First all too easily recently.  

Mr Peters and Mr Carter had a run-in during question time at Parliament yesterday — the Speaker kicked the New Zealand First leader out of the debating chamber for suggesting he was being unfair to the party.

Mr Peters is standing by it though.

“I’m not going to be told before I open my mouth what the point of order that he’s ruling out is, unless you’re clairvoyant, and he’s not.”

And Mr Peters even tried to claim the policy wasn’t personal.

“I’m not waging war [on David Carter]. I’m waging war in favour of balance and first-world Parliamentary standards.”

“We don’t personalise these things, I’m just saying we’re not going to tolerate these sort of disgraceful appointments when they don’t merit it.”

Oh yes he is personalising these things.   But such is politics.

 

– Newshub

 


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  • Greg M

    Get Winston to put that in writing, then offer him the position of high commissioner. Of course he wouldn’t accept it, being “baubles of office ” and all.

    • Dave

      I would be very happy if Winston was offered High commissioner of Syria.

      • Keeping Stock

        Or Ambassador to China…

        • Dave

          Perhaps he might take Len Brown with him, Len seems to establish good relationships with Asians.

      • Greg M

        I have a few mates in the diplomatic corps, Winnie would fit right in and probably be good at it.

        • Now you don’t have any mates in the diplomatic core.

      • NZ High Commissioner to the Mars One project.

  • Christie

    So Winston wants the Foreign Affairs role again, eh?

  • RobT

    He’d be in his element in the UK. Especially seeing they spend half their life tippling in the nearest boozer. Lunchtimes early, and later on into evening …don’t know how half the Poms get any work done?

    • Graham Pilgrim

      I worked in the UK for 25 years, and I know exactly how “half the Poms get any work done”. Your descriptions of early lunches, and boozing into the evening perfectly describe my time with the Public Service in Christchurch in the 1960s and 70s!

  • Isherman

    Peters should then name all of the former (or current) High Commissioners who in his estimation don’t cut it for these positions…or is it purely Carter that he’s gunning for. Typical of him, and why I hope he in fact does not end up holding the balance of power.

  • Cadwallader

    Why doesn’t the Government announce Winston’s appointment to London now? He’d be gone before the next election, Within two years NZ First would become NZ What? and Winston could potentially drink from the cup of baubles for the rest of his life. I think the government ought offer David Shearer an offshore trade position similar to Shane Jones’ and Little Angry would really be left barking from the roadside. He’d not have a clue who to be grumpy with.

    • Wheninrome

      Winnies’ partner would be an absolute asset to him in that role.

  • Metricman

    WP as the high commissioner of ABH would be fine (anywhere but here)

  • Left Right Out

    I’m betting that JK is waiting for next year to roll around before offering Winnie anything… it’ll be part of the negotiating unless Nats hit 50% plus

    • Nige.

      Key won’t offer Winston anything until he needs to. Ever.

  • XCIA

    They say that playing the race card is the last refuge of a mongrel. Well, I guess this is the proof then.

  • Alloytoo

    JK should offer Winston the speakers role.

    Imagine, he would have to send himself out.

    plus it would irritate Mallard no end

  • Oh Please

    Winnie the Wacist.

  • JeffDaRef

    Cant wait for Labour to come out swinging about jobs for the boys (and girls!).
    Because all those appointments they made in their time were 100% merit based, right…?

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