Deputy Winston is potentially PM in waiting

Barry Soper seems to have been informed that Winston Peters is not just going to deputise as Prime Minister if he is in the country while Jacinda Ardern is overseas – Soper suggests there is an agreement in the ‘secret’ coalition document that if Ardern stands down as PM then Peters will take over.

Winston Peters’ bark not as bad as his might

It’s now five weeks since she accepted Winston Peters’ proposal, but that behind-closed-doors proposal puts the power firmly in his pin-striped suit.

Peters was keen to have the document released – she wasn’t, after being advised it’d undermine her leadership.

It’s altogether too cute to say their 38-page coalition agreement’s become 33 because some frugal official decided to reduce the font size.

Peters was keen to have the document released – she wasn’t, after being advised it’d undermine her leadership.

As a relatively new deputy leader contemplating the possibility of leadership, that unbeknown to her was about to fall into her lap, she reflected on being Little’s deputy saying she couldn’t imagine doing much more than that because of her anxieties. She said she constantly worried about things and there comes a point, she opined, where certain jobs are just really bad for you.

Ardern said all the things she wanted to achieve could be achieved by simply being a minister which she’d be happy with.

Well two months later she was Prime Minister but with the old political maestro calling the shots.

And if she for some reason can’t go on calling them herself then the coalition deal sees him stepping up to the plate.

That’s a leak that Peters is not likely to be jumping up and down about.

22 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  December 1, 2017

    Winston doesn’t need to be PM to be calling all the shots for the new govt.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 1, 2017

      Write out 3,000,000 times ‘I must not make cynical remarks about the government.’ 😀 😀 😀

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 1, 2017

    If true this exposes Labour as having accepted being royally screwed by Winston in order to become the Government.

    • PDB

       /  December 1, 2017

      Even more so when evidence suggests he was never, ever going to go with National.

      • Blazer

         /  December 1, 2017

        don’t forget,this is what you wanted…

        • phantom snowflake

           /  December 1, 2017

          Y’know; the more I think about that Blog Campaign Strategy of: “National are great! National are fantastic!! (but I hope they lose.)”, the more it starts to make sense to me. Probably out of National Party HQ’s playbook.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 1, 2017

        What a tyre-kicker. He must have known that there was no chance of it, but he kept wasting everyone’s time-politicians and the rest of us. If there is any evidence that Labour knew this, they will hoping and praying that this never comes out.

        I do wonder what would have happened if National had agreed to make him Deputy PM. He would have been frantically trying to stop the legal action.

        He has such a tiny % of the vote that surely he is unlikely to ever be PM-and now he has shown what a two-faced deleted he is.The blue-rinse brigade won’t like what he’s done-time will show if his deceitfulness has made a difference there.

    • Blazer

       /  December 1, 2017

      Soper has no evidence…he is a National shill…along with his..squeeze.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  December 1, 2017

        Well, that’s a relief.

      • Corky

         /  December 1, 2017

        Perception is everything. More grist for the mill. The hits keep coming.Is Jacinda weak? Will Winston strike soon? Will Grant’s mini budget be a mini flop?.

        Can Blazer, Parti and Rob handle the pressure of defending the indefensible? Stay tuned folks. Trumpy isn’t the only sideshow in town.

      • PDB

         /  December 1, 2017

        From memory [Incorrect use of name] was a big fan of Helen Clark?

      • Sounds like he’s shilling for NZ First here.

        • PDB

           /  December 1, 2017

          I did hear him say recently he had a soft spot for Winnie.

  3. One of a kind

     /  December 1, 2017

    I would argue Pete that this was leaked on Peters’ orders. (Soper is known to be a drinking mate of his)

    The way it goes is this:
    Ardern refused to release these clauses under concern that it would undermine her leadership. (It would)
    Peters wants to undermine her leadership in order to assume his anointed mantle so deliberately causes the leak.
    The theory is: Ardern under increasing pressure breaks down and resigns.
    Peters takes over as PM for 2 & 1/2 years on the premise that Labour and the Greens won’t rock the boat as an early election would kick them all out of power.

    It makes some kind of perverted delusional sense.

    • duperez

       /  December 1, 2017

      It’s reasonable to say there’s a fair bit of perverted delusional nonsense going on at the moment. It’s reasonable to expect far more as the game warms up.

  4. PartisanZ

     /  December 1, 2017

    This isn’t even fake news, its kehua news …. ghost news.

    I half expected Winston to become PM after the coalition talks, with Jacinda as his deputy.

    Why wouldn’t the Deputy Prime Minister become Prime Minister if the Prime Minister steps down?

    It makes perfect sense … It makes incredibly simple perfect sense …

    The Vice Captain becomes the Captain if the Captain is injured …

    Ah … and there’s the rub …

  5. I’m not a person to go to the extremes of House of Cards territory. However, truth is stranger than fiction, even in NZ.

    When Peters went with Jacinda I wondered whether he was expecting her to become with child and I naturally assumed he’d have arranged for power to cede to him.

    Not at all surprised that this is the case. Let’s face it, he’d never get the throne any other way than subterfuge.

    Lord help us all.

    • Blazer

       /  December 2, 2017

      ‘become with child’….how very quaint!Hope you’re not implying Winston is responsible for that…too.

      • Ray

         /  December 2, 2017

        Has Winston got any children, does he have a reputation for womanising and leaving children scattered about?
        Answers on a postcard please.