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10:07 am, September 8th, 2020 - 43 comments
Categories: election 2020, greens, james shaw, new conservatives, nz first, uncategorized, winston peters - Tags: advance party, vision new zealand
He has had more lives than your average cat but surely this is the last election for Winston Peters and NZ First.
The polls are against him, although they have been against him in the past. But this election there is a great deal of competition for the fringe nutty part of the electorate. We have the New Conservatives, Vision New Zealand, the One Party and Advance New Zealand all vying for the attention of voters who New Zealand First have always appealed to. Mix in different variations of racist xenophobia and popular conspiracy theories and there are now five parties competing for not very many votes.
The pressure seems to be showing. Winston had this melt down of an interview on Sunday.
— Q+A (@NZQandA) September 6, 2020
It was classic Winston, but this is not necessarily a good thing.
Winston did what Winston does and during a 13 minute interview:
You may sense a personal preference that New Zealand First is not returned to Parliament. This is because the New Zealand First opposition to anything the Greens have proposed has been a major problem for the last Government. James Shaw summed it up perfectly in the Adjournment Debate in Parliament:
And here we are, Mr Speaker, the final hour of the final day of the 52nd Parliament.
Our business, for the moment, complete.
I know everyone here is champing at the bit to get out campaigning around the country.
Trying out their new election slogans.
There’s Labour: “Let’s keep moving.”
New Zealand First: “Let’s not.”
You can almost see the ads can’t you?
“New Zealand First: You can stop progress.”
Of course it is far too early to write Winston off and anything is possible. But I for one will not be upset if New Zealand First do not make it back. Their reflexive anti Green response to any policy proposal is stopping the country from very important change.