Will Labour nobble one of their own to help Winston?

The SST reports on the speculation that Labour, desperate to retain power, is considering endorsing Winston Peters in a safe Labour seat. On present polling NZ First will be wiped out of Parliament.

They also suggest that an alternative strategy could be to have Ron Mark stand without opposition from Labour in a Christchurch seat. But anyone who studies WInston knows it is more likely Keith Locke would campaign for George W Bush, than Winston allow his place in Parliament to be reliant on one of his MPs. The MP who has the seat which keeps a party in Parliament is the de facto leader.

Standing again in Tauranga is highly implausible unless Winston wants to be humiliated.

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