Peters launches his comeback with punchlines

Last updated 05:00 16/04/2011
Opinion poll

Do you think NZ First will make it back into Parliament?



Vote Result

Relevant offers


Here are the numbers, what about the vision Election 2017: Blood in the political waters opens the door for an upset 'We are owed something out here' - Poto Williams in Christchurch East Government tops up Southern Response funding to $1.5b We run the ruler over the Government's family income package Budget 2017: Nine years of spending under National First home buyers question how the Budget helps them Colin Craig's tactics against Rachel MacGregor revealed 'It's not easy' says candidate who withdrew from election race in East Coast Bays Why 16-year-olds aren't ready to vote

NZ First leader Winston Peters held an audience of more than 300 of over-50s enthralled with jokes and passionate swipes at the Government as he hit the comeback trail in Horowhenua.

Mr Peters arrived late for the packed meeting at Levin Memorial Hall, wearing his usual pristine suit and colour-co-ordinated breast pocket handkerchief.

The crowd did not seem to mind his late arrival or the announcement that he was on a strict time deadline for a flight.

They roared at his jokes and clapped and cheered when he slammed the Government, piercing the air with a pointed finger. His speech concentrated on "financial scandal after financial scandal, bailout after bailout".

"The Government is pouring billions of dollars of good money – taxpayers' money – into failing businesses like South Canterbury Finance and AMI Insurance. It should nationalise AMI and send the people who supposedly ran the company to a tent camp in a Canterbury pine plantation for the winter."

The Government's true colours were shown last week when Finance Minister Bill English boasted about the low wages in this country being an attraction for overseas investors, he said.

"The only people this Government looks after are those on the top of the pile – they are creaming it ... [while] taxpayer dollars get siphoned off in billions to save failing businesses.

"This Government gives huge tax cuts to the rich and increases taxes on food and the necessaries of life for families. The days of pensioners eating pet food will be over the day we walk back through the doors of Parliament."

A Horowhenua Grey Power member pronounced at the end of the meeting: "Welcome back, it has been a bloody long three years without you," and people slapped him on the back as he left the hall.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should the speed limit be raised to 110kmh on some roads?



Vote Result

Related story: 110kmh limit moves closer

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content