“Tame” Jones no longer has an opinion. Just ask Winston

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It is the first time he’s been allowed out of Whangarei in three months – his new overlord NZ First leader Winston Peters had ordered him to stay in the north to campaign.

“I’m relieved to be back, but I do have a plan,” he tells the Herald. “I just need to be a bit more mellow and not so much as a media harlot as I was in the past. I will struggle with that.”

The fact he has declared this during a media interview on just his second day signifies he will indeed struggle. But it has been a long time between harlot opportunities for him.

Peters might not always find Jones so amenable behind closed doors. There are elements of NZ First’s policies that do not sit easily with Jones’ former politics – such as a referendum on the Maori seats.

The night before the interview, Peters had appeared to softening on his calls for a referendum on the Maori seats, saying the Maori Party had been kicked out of Parliament.

“The election result speaks for itself,” Jones says. “There’s a salutary lesson there. These small parties, they struggle to remain a permanent feature of politics.”

He appears to have forgotten he is now in a “small” party himself – NZ First came in with 7.5 per cent of the vote and nine MPs. Jones is the eighth.

He’ll be worth watching, and the media will give him every opportunity to stretch his wings.


– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald

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