David Seymour: Seeing Peters leave Parliament was one of my goals for 2020

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Mon, 7 Dec 2020, 4:27PM
David Seymour and Winston Peters. (Photo / NZ Herald)

David Seymour: Seeing Peters leave Parliament was one of my goals for 2020

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Mon, 7 Dec 2020, 4:27PM

2020 has not been a great year for many, but Act leader David Seymour is satisfied with how it turned out. 

That's because, as he explained to The Country's Jamie Mackay, his four goals for the year came to fruition.

"One was to be reelected in Epsom. Two was to grow the Act Party. Three was the win the referendum for End of Life Choice. And four was to get rid of Winston. So four for four." 

Seymour clashed frequently with Winston Peters in the lead-up to the election, with name calling and accusations upping the ante between the two party leaders.

While Seymour saw his caucus grow ten-fold after the election, Peters saw his party, NZ First, plummet out of Parliament. 

The speculation has now turned to what Peters will do next, with many suggestions he will get an ambassadorship to the US. 

Seymour agrees that Peters has "a certain charm about him" that would help with making connections, but cited a newspaper column that noted how Peters walked into Cabinet with his papers still tied with a ribbon.

"If you want to send someone along to charm a few people in Washington, then all well and good. If you want someone who reads their papers, does their job, and can help develop what could be a very important relationship over the next couple of years given everything that's happening in the Pacific, then I think you would want to go with a bit less charm and someone a bit more serious."

He suggested former Prime Minister Helen Clark would make a better ambassador, as she clearly has lots of free time on her hands.

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