NZ First announced its party list yesterday, and it wouldn't be NZ First without Winston first on the list.
But in a break with tradition, Peters isn't standing in an electorate; he will be a list-only MP. In order to do that, NZ First has had to change its rules, which have since the inception of MMP required ALL list candidates to be electorate candidates as well.
Peters told TVNZ's Q&A programme in July that the rules had been changed to exempt the leader and his deputy, but as David "Happy Feet" Farrar noted yesterday at Kiwiblog, the rule change doesn't seem to have been filed with the Electoral Commission yet, despite it having been made at least three months ago.
This suggests that all is not well within NZ First. Winston Peters is having to put all his eggs in one basket, and hope that his party crosses the 5% MMP threshhold. Almost all the polls are suggesting that won't happen, and that it won't happen by some margin. We reckon that's great news for the integrity of the political process.
Is the demise of Winston Peters and NZ First a mere 25 days away?