Can Winston be trusted? The left are about to find out

NZ First leader Winston Peters says NZ First may decide not to bring an extra MP into Parliament after his Northland byelection win because his party supports a smaller Parliament.

Mr Peters’ 4,000 vote win last night allows him to resign his list position, opening the way for someone else on NZ First’s list to enter Parliament.

Mr Peters said the party would “seriously consider” not taking on the extra MP.

“It may be we decide that we are for a much smaller Parliament, that we won’t take this option and that we will try and demonstrate that Parliament should be, as the Robertson petition said, no more than 100 people.”

Having encouraged Northland to send the Government a message, and magically got Andrew Little to stand down his own candidate in favour of his own cup of tea deal, Winston Peters also knows he’s got to deliver for a largely center right electorate, and that isn’t done by playing with the green and red kids in parliament. ?

Instead of being accused of padding numbers, nobbling the government, and taking more taxpayers’ dollars to run another MP, assistants, travel and an electorate office, Winston is now considering the idea that it will benefit him not to nail?the National Government to the wall instead.

Some have already suggested this was a set-up from the start between Winston and National, but take my word for it, they weren’t that clever.

Winston is loving this – reveling in the games. ?He’s got nothing to lose, really, and holds all the cards. ?One thing is for sure. ?Nobody needs a hairdresser in parliament.

I imagine Winston is dangling a carrot for some policy concessions.

Everyone said Winston’s promises could not be delivered on. ? Well, not all of them, but he just needs something, doesn’t he?

National were asleep at the wheel, and then when they found themselves far behind the lead car, they started bickering with each other instead of trying to catch ?up.

You have to hand it to Winston. ?He may have one foot in the grave, but the bits that still work are doing just fine.


– Claire Trevett, NZ Herald