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1:29 pm, February 27th, 2015 - 376 comments
Categories: by-election, labour, nz first, Politics, winston peters - Tags: by-election, northland, winston churchill, winston peters
NZ First leader Winston Peters has confirmed he will contest the Northland by-election. Labour has already selected Willow-Jean Prime as its candidate and National will confirm their nominee to replace Mike Sabin in a few days time. ACT will also stand a candidate, but, frankly, nobody cares.
It’s a shame Winston’s announcement has come so late. A deal with Labour might have been on the cards if he’d acted quickly, but now his candidature will be greeted with relief in the National camp, because a split vote can only help them. Mind you, if the truth about National’s covering up for Mike Sabin is as bad as has been suggested in some quarters and comes out during the campaign, who knows?
Anyway, one thing we do know for sure, a Winston Peters campaign is always good fun. Perhaps he could use his namesake’s speech as his own when he launches his bid:
We shall fight on the beaches of Northland, we shall fight on the treaty grounds, we shall fight in the fields of Kaikohe and in the streets of Kaitaia, we shall fight in the hills of Kawakawa; we shall never surrender!