Peters won't rule out National
Tue, 25 Sep 2012 6:11p.m.
By Political Editor Duncan Garner
Winston Peters has reacted to Prime Minister John Key’s comments - where he said he wouldn’t rule out working with NZ First - by saying he wouldn’t rule it out either.
Mr Peters says he'll "cross that bridge" when he comes to the 2014 elections, but that's where the truce ended.
He is angry that the Prime Minister ruled him in 2011 and 2008.
“Now he's been found out because he has no more friends,” says Mr Peters.
And today he let loose.
“He lied about me. He simply lied about me.”
But that doesn't mean these two won't work together. Mr Key's political principle now appears completely tradable as his coalition options collapse around him.
“Come and ask me in 2014 and I'll give you an answer,” says Mr Key.
He blamed 3 News today for telling the truth about what National is contemplating.
“Nothing has changed. It's Duncan just interviewing his microphone.”
But 3 News can confirm National strategists are openly looking at Mr Peters as an option and Mr Key even got close to confirming it.
“MMP demands that you work with other parties, and in 2014 we'll make that call,” says Mr Key.
“It just shows you how flexible his so-called standards are,” says Mr Peters.
So just remember Mr Key's position on Mr Peters - it's “not about political convenience but about political principle”. And yes, desperate times will always call for desperate measures, but Mr Key's credibility is on the line over this, especially if he ditches his so-called principles.
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26/09/2012 9:35:45 p.m.
The headline on this article is misleading. Typical TV3. Winston Peters never came out and said that he would form a coalition with National. It is National looking at NZ first. I think this is a way to loose NZ first supporters because they don't like National. The article should read: Key looking at NZ first as coalition partner. But leave it to MSM to dictate the news.
26/09/2012 11:20:27 a.m.
Winstone always loves playing kingmaker. He knows this is his chance to do so again. But he could stuff it up for himself if he doesnt check the mood of the country correctly.At this far out though, you can say anything. Hopefully hes just giving John KEY hope so he can put the boot in to him later, because he deserves it. Hopefully.
26/09/2012 11:01:23 a.m.
AJ, you have no idea what you are talking about. Stop thinking NZfirst is full of old people. It most definitely is not.
26/09/2012 10:16:21 a.m.
Winnie use to be a good politician, but i now feel something has gone wrong with him, he always seems to be on the attack. no matter who.
26/09/2012 9:34:08 a.m.
@SAMUAEL., Winston was national once. I voted for him but I wont be voting for him again. I dont trust him now.
26/09/2012 8:33:53 a.m.
Any political party that refuses to state exactly who they are willing to partner with in a coalition will NOT get my vote!!
25/09/2012 11:21:22 p.m.
heck mate i have been telling you from day one john key is nothing more than a bankster the banking company he worked for were fined hundreds of millions of dollers in the world financial banking crisis . PS JOHN KEY HAS THE ETHICS OF A EUROPEAN BANKSTER .
25/09/2012 11:11:21 p.m.
helen time wrote:
it depends if by 2014 and the economy even worse , who will vote national as a vote for national seems to be the unemployment for the working voter bye the thousands each week .what happend to keys great aspiration foe kiwis we make evem less and the cost of living has sky rocketed since 2008 , it seems to only get worse.they are the beginnings of the gasps of a dying government.
25/09/2012 9:16:03 p.m.
the problem is i gave NZ first my vote in 2011 for the first time ill take it straight back to labour if NZ first even hint they would put the tors in power i wont be used Winston like the prime minister uses the people of Epsom please Winston take that as a warning .
25/09/2012 8:52:18 p.m.
Winnie : sometimes a nice guy but he really needs to retire, just like his supporters.
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