Another silly old media fool drinking Koolaid

Winston Peters did not disappoint.

[The] announcement of New Zealand First’s choice of coalition partner – more especially the hours of chaos leading up to it – was exactly the kind of schemozzle to be expected of him on such occasions.
That dignity and decorum were in short supply was no surprise.

His party’s decision to form a coalition government with Labour would have been a surprise, particularly for those on the left who did not dare to believe it was a possibility.

It would have been capitulation to the many in New Zealand First’s ranks whose unthinking conservatism would have made them feel far more comfortable propping up a rapidly tiring fourth-term National-led government than than backing a new vibrant, reform-minded Labour one.

It would have been capitulation to those in Peters’ Party who cannot abide being associated with what they consider to be the suffocating loony-tunes political correctness of the Greens and significant elements of the Labour Party.

It is a brave decision.

And not least because Peters has finally determined that last month’s election was a vote for change rather than – as the percentages of the vote won by the centre-right as against the centre-left seem more to suggest – a vote for continuity.

If things turn to custard – as Peters’ questionable pessimism is already warning – there will be no prizes for guessing who will get most, if not all the blame.

The decision may yet prove to be the death of New Zealand First.

There will be tears.  The only question will be how long we’ll have to wait.


– John Armstrong, TVNZ

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.