Peters abjures pixie dust (while saving us from the nanny state) but he might need some to win seats at this year’s election

So  what’s  the wily  old  master  up  to now?   In  his  opening  campaign  speech,  Winston  Peters attacked   his  coalition   partners.  His  party,  he  says,  is   sick  of  “woke pixie  dust”  from  them:

New  Zealanders  need to know what’s out there,  and what they have been  saved  from.”  

 Surely  he is not talking   about  Jacinda Ardern  and her  party?   Haven’t  they  been  our  saviours from  the  coronovirus   pandemic?

Peters  then  spells    out   what he has  saved  us from:  NZ   First has  been  the  handbrake   on  the  “nanny state”.

We’ve used  commonsense  to hold  Labour and the  Greens to account. We’ve  opposed   woke pixie  dust. We’ve defended  socially  conservative  values, like the right to believe in  God. We’ve focussed  on the wisdom of sound  economics”.

 Will   voters  on  September   19   show  their  gratitude?

In  attacking    his  coalition  partners,  he  seems   to  be   saying   they can’t be trusted,  hardly  a  heartwarming tribute to  those  he has  sat  around the  Cabinet table  in making  decisions  in the best interests of the  country.

Peters  is   clearly   targeting  what  he  believes   are  the hordes of   onetime   National  voters  who have  fled in  disillusion  after the  leadership  follies of the  past two  months.

Give  me   another term, he  is in effect saying,  and   my coalition  partners will be   kept  in  check,   their  wild  ideas  (for a  capital  gains  tax,  or light  rail  in  Auckland)   killed  stone  dead..

According to  the   most  recent  polling  by  Colmar  Brunton,  support  for  NZ  First  has  plummeted to 1.8%   and  — unless  it  wins  an electorate  seat — the  party  could be consigned to  history  in the general election.

And  even  though  Shane   Jones  has  poured   taxpayer  cash  into  Northland,  whatever  thanks  the  party  might have  expected   in return  could have been  washed  away  in  last week’s  floods  in the region.

Peters  trotted  out  some of  his old war-cries,  calling for   fresh  curbs on  immigration.   But  with the  kind of  border controls   now in force,    that  really   is  flogging  a  horse dead in the   stables.

NZ   First   is  taking a   pounding  from   other  directions,   as  it  faces  a   probe   from  the  Serious  Fraud  Office  over   the  financial   operations  of  the  mysterious  NZ  First  Foundation,   a  body  with  which  Peters  say  he has  no  links.    If that  investigation  ends in court  just  before the election,   it  could be a  turn-off  for  voters.

Peters’  own efforts   in the   judicial   system    are  coming  back  to  haunt  him,  as   his  failed case  over  the   publication  of  his  superannuation  declaration   has  left   him    with  a bill  of  $320,000  for  court costs.   In  appealing    against  that,   he  may  be  whistling in the wind.

In  its   current   mood,  the electorate  may  also   call  time   on  Peters’   tactics  of   baiting the  media. His   latest appearance  on  TCNZ’s  Q&A  programme  was a  re-make   of    those  that  a  previous generation  of  voters   had  come to  expect,  but  left   millenials—if they bothered  to watch—reaching for  the  mute button.

The  Peters’  performance   reached  this  crescendo:

“My party’s survived for 27 years being put down, traduced, marginalised, and Cinderella-ised by you guys only for you to, on election night, climb through the door and ask me what’s going to happen next”. 

 It  is  almost  inviting   the  response  from  voters to   put  the  party  out of its  misery.

One thought on “Peters abjures pixie dust (while saving us from the nanny state) but he might need some to win seats at this year’s election

  1. Give us a break, Mr Peters. Cut this “pixie dust” bullshit, you are to blame for this. It is you that opted to form a coalition with Labour and the Greens. Don’t try to back out of it now.

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