Alf knew the best-forgotten Winston Peters would be dug up and interviewed on Q&A yesterday. Accordingly he gave the programme a big miss.
But Inventory, at Keeping Stock, found something noteworthy in what the great populist had to say (or was reported to have said):
Repealing the Foreshore and Seabed Act would be a disastrous backward step sending New Zealand towards separatism, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said today.
A government-appointed review panel last week released its report on the Act, recommending its repeal and saying interim legislation should be put in place until the politicians work out a way to recognise Maori rights to coastal areas.
Appearing on TVNZ’s Q&A programme today, Mr Peters said the review had been stacked to get an outcome that would see some Maori claiming ownership of coastal areas.
“It’s a can of worms and for this country’s long term future its disastrous,” Mr Peters said.
“They’re not arguing customary right as just a proprietary or a temporary right that can pass from generation to generation, they’re arguing about title…they’re arguing something separatist.”
Inventory is not impressed.
Bugger! This is the stuff of our worst nightmares …
But does anyone give a toss about Peters’ huffing and puffing on the potentially highly explosive foreshore and seabed issue?
Does he have a political future? Or – as Alf fervently hopes – is he another has-been?
True to form, Peters is not bloody well saying.
Alf learned from Radio NZ news headline: Peters refuses to be drawn on political future
Winston Peters avoided answering questions about his political future on TVNZ’s Q+A programme on Sunday but confirmed he is still the leader of New Zealand First.
When asked directly about whether he intended to stand at the next election, Mr Peters evaded the question.
New Zealand First gained 95,000 votes, or 4.1% of the party vote, short of the 5% threshold needed to retain seats in Parliament.
Winston Peters would not be drawn on why he thought his party failed to be returned.
Actually, Alf doesn’t care why he thought his party failed to be returned. It’s enough for him that Peters was sent into the political wilderness at the last election.
The news media would do us a favour by keeping him there.