NZ First proxy voting for Jami-lee Ross

Winston peters has announced that NZ First will proxy vote for Jami-lee Ross in Parliament in his absence – the vote will be the same as the national party vote. Peters has claimed it is for democratic integrity and ensuring Ross’ electorate gets a vote in Parliament, but that sounds bogus. The vote will make no difference to anything.

Peters said that NZ First whips were asked ‘weeks ago’ by Ross and have just agreed to vote on his behalf, despite Peters saying that Ross should resign.

It does nothing to give Botany voters representation in Parliament – only Ross can do that, or better, by resigning someone with a mandate could do that.

Peters may think this is getting one over National but it just makes him and NZ First look stupid.

Peters sounded grouchy when interviewed on Checkpoint trying to explain this.


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  1. Bill Brown

     /  7th November 2018

    Funny thought ….. JLR jumps to NZF, a bit of theatre from Winny on saying XYZ, then JLR enters a by-election … wins for NZF and gets a plumb role in govt.

    Oh so so funny

  2. Gezza

     /  7th November 2018

    It’s Peters. He’s just being a two-faced arsehole. He’s the most-experience, best-qualified Member of Parliament anywhere in the world for that job.

  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  7th November 2018

    He wasn’t exactly singing that he was H-A-P-P-Y on 3 News. He looked more like a prune than a prune does..

  4. Gerrit

     /  7th November 2018

    I don’t see what the problem is. Count wise the numbers still stack up for the CoL.

    Only difference will be when the clerk as for a vote count. NZ Fist will simply call 7 for and 1 against for a CoL bill.

    Absolutely nothing else changes except perhaps on a select committee where JLR was a member, National will be one short.

    National will just roll with this till JLR resigns from parliament after being sent to Coventry by all and sundry.

    Wonder where he will get to sit in the house? Next to the Greens?

    • Gezza

       /  7th November 2018

      His seat is already shown in the seating layout on parliament’s website.

  5. Gerrit

     /  7th November 2018

    as = ask

  6. Blazer

     /  7th November 2018

    another master stroke from Peters.
    Mr Bridges should have been magnanimous and said the Botany voters take precedence over any other issues at ..this point in time.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  7th November 2018

      Bridges should force the issue by saying if Ross doesn’t front and cast his own vote in the house National will ask for his dismissal.

  7. Loki

     /  7th November 2018

    Lusk, Slater, Bryan Henry, Winston Peters, Colin Craig, JLR.
    You couldn’t write an episode of “the thick of it” more preposterous.

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