He is trying to look green in the hope of attracting a few more blue-green nats off the Greens and pushing them below the 5% threshold by the next election
It’s been a field day for political commentators, and cartoonists, as Winston Peters fulfils a lifetime dream and steps up to the role of Prime Minister (even if it is only for six weeks).
And the country awaits just which one of the many politicians who have inhabited the frame of Peters over the best part of 40 years will emerge into the spotlight.
Those who know him well — and there are not many in the media who do — reckon he’ll be playing the would-be statesman.
“Look New Zealand, see what you’ve been missing…” That’s the line he will want to propagate. Forget the political bruiser, blur the memory of the past: he craves more than just a footnote in political history.
If he does shine as something of a statesman (a very Kiwi one, it would be) then there might be sudden turnaround in the polls.
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