NZ First content to sit in opposition after 2014 election

Winston Peters on The Nation (TV3)

In a statement that might inspire a Tui billboard, Winston Peters says he won't necessarily play kingmaker after the next election, should the opportunity arise.

The New Zealand First leader says he is happy to sit in the opposition benches after next year’s election if the party feels it is necessary.

Speaking on The Nation as part of a panel with his former New Zealand First colleagues Ron Mark, Neil Kirton, and Tuauriki Delamere looking back on the party’s last 20 years of existence, Mr Peters said his party will assess which side of the house they feel they can be most effective.

“But the reality is you have to see whether or not forming a government is in the interest of the country, that is the type of government and whether or not the people's votes that put you there are going to be on it, and if the price is too high we're happy as we said at the last election to sit on the cross bench and keep them honest and keep them honest we have as you've seen in the last eighteen months, I mean for three years we were out National got away with anything and everything, they're not getting away with anything and everything now,’ he said.

Mr Peters said the party will commemorate their 20th anniversary but at a later unconfirmed date and everyone is invited.

“We'll invite John Key we'll invite the Greens, and David Shearer and everybody else... and more importantly we'll invite those who were involved at the very beginning and starting this party and kept it going all these years,” he said.

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"You have to see whether or not forming a government is in the interest of the country", what versus not forming a government and either having anarchy or a Dictator interesting Winston.

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Can't wait to see what he does with the baubles of office this time around!

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And pulling a fat taxpayer funded salary to spend his time digging in every-ones dirty washing day after day, year after year.

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"Winston Peters says he won't necessarily play kingmaker after the next election, should the opportunity arise." Bring on the Tui Billboard!

Was he holding his "No" sign at the time?

Winnie would love nothing better than that situation. He'd prance around wearing supercilious and condescending grins to the media, proclaiming such important decisions require careful thinking for the benefit of the country hence why he can't be rushed... and every 6pm news would have a gaggle of MSM hacks chasing him like school girls chase Justin Bieber... all hoping for an "exclusive" giving Winnie more chances to strut in front of the camera's "Statesman" like, trying to appear credible.

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NZ First's policies are likely to get through under a Labour government than a National government. It didn't work when they went in to coalition with National in the 1990s, when Boldger got rolled by Shipley and that was the end of the partnership.

It worked for them with the supply and agreement deal with Helen Clark's Labour government. Winston became a minister under that government. A number of their policies, like the gold card, free medical checks for under 6 years was passed and no reason why it wont work again next time.

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It only worked for Comrade Auntie because she could bestow the baubles of "Foreign Minister" upon him - and ship him off to the 4 corners - to go and find more corners!

All that 1st Class travel and accommodation must have been hectic.

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Wonder what would happen to NZ First Party if Mr Peters was unable to carry out its day to functions.Would the party cease to exist, if Mr Peters was no longer in charge.If Peters died in office,say at the beginning of a new parliamentary term,who would lead the party,or would it implode.

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It will survive.

There are enough racists and greedy oldies out there.

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Yes Winston. Whatever you say. We believe you.

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Winston for PM
Great speaker at the University Lunch each year

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Some on here are just narrow minded bigots. If their manifesto is read first and understood second there are fruitful grounds for a massive adoption leading up to the next election. Non asset sales, moving the parameters for the reserve bank other than inflation rates, real growth encouragement with a range of measures( other than leaving it to big business), banking reviews, referenda for change and an ability to sit outside a selected government and by votes achieve their aims would be sweet justice for some who have lost faith in the rabble that call themselves National and Labour.

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For Winston not play kingmaker after the next election, should the opportunity arise will need a rewiring of his DNA. Unfortunately, such service does not exist, yet.

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Clever move. Many of the people who vote for Winston are very attached to the idea that he keeps Governments honest despite no real evidence he actually does that. Rather he just settles back, enjoys the baubles of office and does bugger all.

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Clever move. Many of the people who vote for Winston are very attached to the idea that he keeps Governments honest despite no real evidence he actually does that. Rather he just settles back, enjoys the baubles of office and does bugger all.

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