June 20, 2021
Peters sticks with strategy for party revival
In showbiz, they say leave the audience wanting more, and Winston Peters delivered that at his first public speech since the election, exiting stage right from New Zealand First annual meeting and driving away before reporters were able to ask him if he’d be the one leading the party into the next election.
Mr Peters’s speech was a Trumpian run through his greatest hits, including slamming the media and his former political partners for not giving New Zealand credit for the revival of New Zealand Rail and the revitalisation of the regions through the Provincial Growth Fund.
He says New Zealand First was a phoenix that would rise again as the public wakes up to the inexactitude of the Labour Government and the haplessness of National.
He quoted poetry he learned at school 70 years ago, and threw in more recent buzzwords like cancel culture and woke, and uncovered a plot to rename New Zealand Aotearoa.
"Who signed off this plan to replace New Zealand's name? Who was asked? More importantly, when were you asked to approve that? Anybody from Kaitaia to Invercargill asked to approve that? This is straight out of John Key's flag change playbook", he says.
Winston Peters says the country needs New Zealand First in Government again so it can be the handbrake against bad ideas – the same message that failed to win the party any seats in last year’s election.
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