Peters throws rotten eggs, counts chickens

Winston Peters looked and sounded more like rumpled rooster than an elder statesman in his last speech in the current term in Parliament.

He threw rotten eggs at some MPs.

I also want to say to a number of people—Brett Hudson, Matt Doocey, Barbara Kuriger, Melissa Lee, Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Jian Yang, Parmjeet Parmar, Joanne Hayes, Chris Bishop, Nuk Korako, and Maureen Pugh—that I am going to move a motion that we extend the valedictory time for them to make their last speech.

He then counted his election chickens.

 I have seen the future in the polls, and we, over here, have not started yet. We know how illusory those polls are. We know that whatever they say about us, you can add on another 30 to 50 percent, and that is why the cohesive, stable organisation of New Zealand First is going to be so important over the next 5 weeks.

He frequently claims the polls are wrong.

And then ironically:

You know, the problem with education is that you have got to be able to count, and in this Parliament we have got a Government that simply cannot count.

He suggested that NZ First could emulate Donald Trump.

We are going to cut straight past the media, because the wonderful thing about the social media in this country right now and the utilities is that you can go on being a bombast like Gerry and just a noise rocket, or you can be a party of substance talking about great issues and principles and an ideology that this country was founded on, which is that we are as good as anybody in the world.

Can anyone remember hearing anything about a tweet from Peters?

He closed with some Trump-like self aggrandisation:

The last thing I want to say to you is that when this Parliament started I warned all you backbenchers about why you should pay attention, why you should not trust these people up front, why they are no good, why they have not got ability, and why they have not got capacity.

I remember the very speech that day—the first time Parliament opened. I told you to watch out for them because they would sink you. And, sadly, they have. They may not thank you, but I thank you for at least being here and being able to listen to a warning. And when you leave here, you will be a much wiser person.

In fact, before you even get home this weekend, I suggest you will be going around saying “I should’ve listened to New Zealand First. I should’ve paid attention. When he talked about the Reserve Bank Act and running the country for the hard-working people who create wealth rather than the ephemeral consumerists of Auckland, I should’ve paid attention.

And another rotten egg:

I should’ve ignored the guy down at Tauranga and Bay of Plenty—all Brylcreem and no suds, and his next door neighbour, ‘$10 Tauranga’.” Let me ask you tomorrow at Red Square in Tauranga, at midday—it will be wall to wall, and we will see how good you guys are then.

Unlike for Trump, the media seem to have ignored this bitter banter. Deservedly.

8 Comments

  1. Ol’ Sad Sack and his empty rhetoric read from shaky hand notes and cheered on by his sycophants.
    Too late so bad so sad never mind ..

  2. A very sad old bitter man. It’s a pity he will hold the power late September.

  3. Blazer

     /  August 18, 2017

    Winston will always have respect.His expose on the Winebox,BNZ chicanery was an historic reset at looking at the M.O of so called respectable’….businessmen.Bigger thieves ,you would never find.

    • Wine box ??? Just information given to him. He didn’t do anything but put it out in parliament. You think he actually investigated ? He’s Winnie the populist. Migrants, Chinese buyers for Huka Lodge. Dog whistle.

      • Blazer

         /  August 18, 2017

        give him more credit than that.The main players had political connections and tried obsfucation and smokescreens.Peters kept hammering them,survived court challenges and showed up the construct of ‘form over substance’.The SFO chief didn’t know what..day it was.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 18, 2017

          I still can’t believe the ‘Wine Box’ perpetrators got away with it – it should have had a far more explosive conclusion than it did.
          Then again, Winston isn’t exactly snow driven himself when it comes to financial scandal either, is he…

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  August 18, 2017

    How can the Minister for Internal Affairs or Immigration give citizenship to someone whom he has concerns about his good character?

    “Shane Jones was aware of the concerns surrounding Mr Liu’s character at the time of making his decision to grant him citizenship in 2008,” said the advice from Internal Affairs.

    “Therefore, it is unlikely there are grounds to that Mr Liu is deprived of his citizenship as it was not procured by fraud, false representation, wilful concealment of relevant information, or by mistake.”

    Shane Jones was either incompetent or worse, there have to be questions about way went on behind the scenes here. And now he is number three on the NZ First list.

    Perhaps Peters should be doing a little digging into the background here.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11905478

    • Blazer

       /  August 18, 2017

      always wondered why Dover Samuels stuck to him like a limpet crab.