Winston? Oh, he’s actually nice and easy to work with

The Green and Labour parties have become Winston’s newest best friends:

Kingmaker Winston Peters has an unlikely cheerleader, and her name is Annette King.

The recently retired Labour MP, and former deputy leader, is one of the diminishing number of MPs to have worked with the NZ First leader in Government.

“There is a lot of nonsense spoken about how hard he is to work with. That is not true,” she said. “He is a man of his word.”

Peters served as foreign affairs minister under Helen Clark’s Labour Government after the 2005 election and, King said, the pair worked well together.

She was far from convinced Saturday night was National’s night.

“You could say the majority of people voted for a change of government,” she said.

Green leader James Shaw said that, while his relationship with Peters was not close, it was “polite and cordial”.

“I think there is a caricature of Winston, which in some ways he feeds.”

Green Party leader James Shaw says his party can work with Peters. “I think there is a caricature of Winston, which in some ways he feeds.”

While he had not worked with Peters closely, he knew people in Labour who had worked with him as a minister and rated him highly.

It is for that reason that Shaw extended an olive branch to Peters in his speech on Saturday night.

There were areas where the Green Party and NZ First had opposing views, but the fact the Maori Party and ACT were able to work together under a National government showed that wasn’t a deal-breaker, Shaw said.


That logic would work for the Greens working with National as well, but that doesn’t suit Shaw’s idea of “change”.

No room for National in the new love-in that Winston is getting from the left.

And we all know Bill and Winston loathe each other.

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