TV3 is reporting Winston Peters will standing at the next election… against John Key in Helensville. Those are candidate meetings I for one wouldn’t want to miss! According to TV3:
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is taking the gloves off.
Sources close to him have told 3 News that Mr Peters is going to fight Prime Minister John Key in his very own electorate Helensville at the election next year.
It’s a fight that just might see Mr Peters back in Parliament, after he and New Zealand First failed to make it in 2008.
Sources close to Mr Peters have told 3 News of his plans, and Mr Peters today refused to rule it out, saying it was “interesting proposition” that would force Mr Key to answer questions and turn up for a debate.
Mr Key ruled out working with Mr Peters last election – that hurt Mr Peters and NZ First failed to make it back.
Mr Peters hasn’t forgotten that – now he’s readying himself to take on the Prime Minister in his own backyard.
What a brilliant PR stunt. Even if Peters doesn’t end up standing he’s won yet another media round. But come on, wouldn’t it just be a great bit of fun for us lefties to watch Key and Peters duke it out?
We all know who’d come out with a black eye.
(I have some thoughts on Peters and the latest problems with ACT, which I’ll share in some detail tomorrow)