“…the coalition negotiations were a charade”

The latest Listener, about Bill English’s legacy, says:

Ardern was as gracious in her comments about English’s pending departure as New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was mean-spirited. Peters’ inability to contain his bitterness suggests the coalition negotiations were a charade.

That’s a bit how things look.

His resentment towards National is deep-rooted, and since the election, the feeling is reciprocated. It is unlikely that National’s change of leader will diminish Peters’ toxicity. That is no longer Bill English’s problem.

It’s unlikely this will be easily resolved while Peters remains in Parliament.

Video of Winston Peters comments on Bill English stepping down