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From rejected politician to PM

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14.06.2018

KARL DU FRESNE

Last updated 05:00, June 14 2018

Karl du Fresne: Rather than ask awkward questions about the murky circumstances in which the Labour-led coalition was formed, we're expected to marvel at what a good job Peters is doing as foreign minister.

OPINION: So we're going to have Winston Peters as our acting prime minister for six weeks. Not bad for a politician who was rejected by his own electorate at the last election after failing to complete a single term.

Not bad either for a politician whose party won only 7 per cent of the vote and which, judging by recent polls, would struggle to scrape back into Parliament if an election was held tomorrow.

This is democracy New Zealand-style, in which the rewards – the baubles of office that Peters once insisted he wasn't interested in – go not to a politician who commands broad public support, but to a crafty minor player who has learned how to game the system and manipulate the bigger parties.

We should all be ashamed at this travesty. But in the welter of media excitement over Jacinda Ardern's impending motherhood, we've somehow overlooked the embarrassing fact that the most powerful office in the land is being placed in the hands of a politician with no popular mandate.

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