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Oct 20, 2017

How a socially conservative contrarian came to back Jacinda Ardern for PM

Winston Peters revels in his anti-establishment vocalisations and in choosing to form a government with a left-leaning party led by a young woman he only burnishes that reputation, writes freelance journalist Rebekah Holt.

Jacinda Ardern is the new Prime Minister of New Zealand but not before the nation nearly ran out of potato chips.

Economically centrist, socially conservative party New Zealand First, led by 72-year-old contrarian Winston Peters, has held the balance of power in negotiations between the incumbent National party looking for a fourth term, and Ardern’s revitalised Labour party.

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  1. Peter Hannigan

    This does suggest that income and wealth inequality may be starting to bite as an issue among politicians. In doing that Winston Peters may really be making New Zealand first.

  2. SQuinny1

    Fair play to him. At some point social conservatives are forced to recognise that economic distributions are a factor in the preservation of socially conservative ends. This has always been factored into Catholic ideas about distributism. It is a point that appears to be completely lost on Australia’s politically ‘muscular’ Catholics. I’m glad that it hasn’t been lost on Peters, who has his own ends to ‘conserve’.

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