Apr 26, 2008

Thomas On Peters: Cockroach? Not Bad

From this morning's NZ Herald

If one had to nominate the nearest thing to a cockroach in contemporary New Zealand politics, I suspect many people would go for Winston Peters who's wriggled out of more tight spots than Indiana Jones and reinvented himself more often than Madonna.

Peters can be viewed as the lite version of his mentor Sir Robert Muldoon, but it's worth remembering that Muldoon was a lite version of himself until he became prime minister and gave full rein to the Mussolini within.

Given his populist tendencies and bullying posture towards the media, one can only wonder how Winston would handle the prime ministership if, through some hideous twist of fate or convergence of circumstances, it was to fall into his immaculately tailored lap.