Soper on Winston and idiot media

Barry Soper writes:

Winston Peters is the politician that’s more loathed than loved as the election night result shows.

But many of his critics fail to appreciate that he didn’t put himself into the position he’s found himself in for the third time during his long political career, the voter did.

And those same critics can’t say they weren’t warned.

All the opinion polls and most of the commentators in the lead-up to the election said he’d have the job of deciding who’d lead the next Government, National or Labour.

With Peters, so far it’s been one-all.

Bumping into most people in this limbo period and you’ll hear “that bloody Winston Peters is the holding the country to ransom again.”

When you point out to them that it’s the electoral system that’s put him where he is, you’ll most likely get, “well he loves it.”

The point is it’s hardly his fault but of course he doesn’t make it any easier on himself, scowling at those who ask him questions that he doesn’t like.

But being in politics for around the same time as he has, you come to realise, that’s just Winston.

Barry is dead right. All those whinging will, I bet, have voted for MMP and then to retain it. The voters dealt the cards now the politicians have to play them. It isn’t the politicians fault some have dud hands and some are good bluffers. They play with what they are given.

…Winston Peters doesn’t suffer what he considers fools gladly and the older he gets, the more frustrated he becomes with the questions fired at him, and with some justification.

Like or dislike what he stands for, Peters deserves respect for his uncanny ability to control the political agenda and as he goes into preliminary coalition talks at Parliament today, the applicants for the Prime Minister’s job would do well to remember that.

First through the door will be Bill English who was still at school when Peters was elected to Parliament.

He hasn’t done a lot to endear himself to him over the years with the best he could say about the New Zealand First leader during the campaign was that he’s a challenge to work with.

He’ll now have to convince Peters he’s up to the challenge.

Jacinda Ardern, who wasn’t even born when Peters gave his maiden speech, has been more respectful but doesn’t have the baggage with this man that English does.

She doesn’t see herself as the underdog but the challenge for her will be her ability to teach an old dog new tricks – not an easy task.

The challenge for her will be lasting six months without a trip to the hospital for exhaustion…and her ambitious caucus mates who are shamelessly using her to feather their own nests. Some are even undermining her now by whispering to NZ First operatives about her unsuitability.

 

-NZ Herald


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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.

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