I had a brief hope that his win in Northland would give Winston Peters a new challenge in his old stomping ground, where he could work out his swan song for the good of his own people.
But it doesn’t appear that his focus was on one electorate. His reaction over the last couple of days is a confusion of king-maker and King.
He seems to think an electorate win in Northland means he can now call all the shots in Wellington.
And he seems to despise Johnny-come-lately Key holding the reins of power…
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Prime Minister John Key is “acting like a spoilt brat” by saying he doubted Mr Peters would work constructively with National.
“I’m not going to have Mr Key roaring when his toys have been taken out of the cot, as they were last Saturday, making these sort of protestations. What you’re getting now is protestations of innocence and good faith which don’t exist. The National Party has not come to us.”
…along with anyone who might compete as king-maker.
Mr Peters’ win has meant National can no longer rely on only Act to pass legislation, giving increased influence to United Future’s Peter Dunne and the Maori Party.
However, Mr Peters said he had no intention of letting those parties flex their muscle. “I’ve made it very clear that we didn’t slog it out up north to have them in any way think they are going to be the beneficiaries of it. No way will Peter Dunne, the Act Party or Maori Party be allowed to behave in this way.”
– NZ Herald
He’s going to somehow make Key work with him (by abusing him) and exclude the three parties with a proven willingness to work constructively with National?
Key isn’t going to roll over for Peters like Little did – talking about that, Labour seeks closer relationship with NZ First:
Little told Radio New Zealand’s Morning Report on Tuesday that it had been weeks since he had met with Peters, but he intended to do so this week.
“As leader of the Opposition, it’s my job to forge as best a relationship as possible with all the parties,” he said.
“I’ve been working with the Greens and will work more closely with NZ First now the by-election is out of the way.”
Little got sucked in and spat out by Peters in Northland, and his response was to roll over thinking it would somehow benefit Labour. Peters will barely waste time sneering at that naivety.
He seems to think he’s not just Leader of the Opposition but also the newly anointed King (Cranky).
Of a very childish variety. His performance in Parliament today was farcical from his first word, which was “Boo!”
Key understands Peters far better than Little. Just after the by-election: Winston won’t play ball: Key
“For the most part, if we are in favour of something, he is opposed,” Mr Key said from Melbourne last night.
“We’re always more than happy to talk to him and we’ve tried in the past and we’re certainly happy to try in the future.”
But Mr Key was not hopeful.
He said Mr Peters had made a lot of commitments to the people of Northland during the by-election campaign.
“He has told them he is going to change their lives, so what I am telling him is that if he is really genuine about that, that it won’t happen through rhetoric, it will happen through action.
“If he wants to be part of that, then we are happy to work with him, but history tells you that that is not his strong suit.”
It’s not just history tells you that. Today in Parliament:
I’m not sure that’s the sort of message Northland meant. Peters acts like he’s too big for Parliament let alone one wee electorate in the far north.
It looks like just a game to him, and if today is any indication of his approach to his new responsibilities then he doesn’t want anyone else with the ball – except for a compliant media lobbing lollipop microphones in his direction.
Northland may have been sucked in as much as Little and Labour. How soon voters’ remorse?