Why can’t Peter Dunne just STFU?

Peter Dunne has said more in one week than he ever did in decades in parliament.

Now he is just making a complete cock of himself, and pimping himself out as an unctuous, virtue signalling tosser to anyone who will listen to him:

Former longstanding MP Peter Dunne (who makes no secret there’s no love lost between himself and Peters), said the NZ First leader should know his place in coalition negotiations.

“If you’re in a minor party your power is essentially limited. You have the power to be part of the majority, but not be the majority.”

A minor party may hold the balance of power, but not the power, Dunne said.   

Says who? Sure that is true if you are a one man band who holds his party meetings in phone boxes, but not if you are Winston Peters.

These negotiations were a “time for leadership”, where Bill English and Jacinda Ardern should step up, and dictate the terms of talks.

“It shouldn’t be about politicians, it should be about vision for New Zealand and the best way forward.”

At the moment both parties were so worried about upsetting Peters, they weren’t saying anything, Dunne said, adding that the “bauble of office” was too much to resist.

But if they allowed Peters to run the show at the negotiating table, it would be akin to “opening Pandora’s box”, he said.

After the election results were in, Peters said no matter which party he went with, he promised to keep them honest.

Dunne said in the 30-odd years he’d known Peters, he’d never known him to be constructive.

“The idea of Winston Peters keeping anyone honest is a farce.”

The situation was reminiscent of the “bizarre situation” in 1996, where the government was a “shambles” for 20 months.

But Dunne said this wasn’t the fault of MMP: “You can’t legislate for the idiosyncrasies or arrogance of individuals”. “I think the way to fix it is voters being alert to the possibilities. They should vote in a way that doesn’t bring these situations to bear … It’s a bit of a voter beware message.”

So says the man who coughed up cabinet secrets for the glad eye.

I have an immutable law that I live by, never trust a man wearing a bowtie who isn’t also wearing a dinner suit or tails.

Dunne, a man who never could resist the baubles himself, is a bit on the nose now calling out Winston Peters. At least Winston Peters knows how to bring in a few more MPs with him.

Peter Dunne should just piss off into retirement. Somehow he thinks he is still relevant.



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