Justice Minister Judith Collins has said NZ First leader Winston Peters was wrong when he said one of her people approached him about negotiations after the election if she was National leader.
This evening Peters told TV3 he had “backdoor approaches myself from the Collins’ camp… If you can’t talk to [National leader] John Key after the election, can you talk to her?”
Peters believed the move was an attempt to undermine the prime minister which Collins was likely to be aware of.
“I didn’t think the bag man was coming without her consent,” Peters said.
Collins had previously said she was not responsible for what others did, but came out more strongly this evening.
“Winston Peters is wrong. I have never approached him nor have I asked anyone else to approach him,” she said in a statement.
This is a silly almost made up story. Not made up that someone may have had a conversation with Peters, but made up that it was an approach on behalf of Collins.
I’m 95% certain I know who Peters is referring to. He is not an MP. He is not an official of the National Party. And he is not close to Judith Collins. In fact I don’t think he has had a conversation with her in almost three years!!! I’ve had more conversations with Winston Peters in the last two years than this person has had with Judith Collins, so does that mean if I say something, it can be seen as being on behalf of Winston Peters?
This is just Peters trying to get himself publicity.