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At this point, nation just kind of resigned to Prime Minister Winston Peters

Political scientist Bryce Edwards says Winston Peters as Prime Minister makes “no sense at all,” which, given recent events, is a promising sign for the New Zealand First Leader.

Political scientist Bryce Edwards says Winston Peters as Prime Minister makes “no sense at all,” which, given recent events, is a promising sign for the New Zealand First Leader.

Following the results of the Brexit referendum and now the elevation of Donald Trump to the highest office in the world, New Zealanders are becoming increasingly resigned to the inevitable election of Winston Peters as Prime Minister next year.

Peters, who has made a long and colourful political career out of tough stances on immigration and populist social and economic policy, now seems certain to not only increase his share of the vote at the 2017 General Election, but probably lead NZ First to a parliamentary majority that will make him Prime Minister.

“I think people are fairly well resigned to it by now,” said political commentator Bryce Edwards. “In the past you could’ve said, well, it won’t happen because he lacks the self control. You can’t say that anymore. It won’t happen because he’s too thin-skinned. Can’t say that anymore. Unpopular? Can’t really make that argument anymore. Way down in the polls? Well, that doesn’t work either, apparently.

“The only logical conclusion left is he’s going to be Prime Minister.”

The majority of registered voters spoken to today say they didn’t want NZ First to get bigger, or for Winston to become Prime Minister, but acknowledged it was “going to happen.”

“They said Brexit couldn’t happen, then they said Trump couldn’t happen,” said James Falls, a Northland resident. “I was watching the TV last night, I saw Trump give his victory speech, and I said to myself ‘Oh, shit, Winston’s going to be Prime Minister, I guess.’”

“It’s already happened,” agreed another registered voter. “My husband says he’s going to vote for Winston, and he hates Winston. He can’t even imagine voting for Winston but he knows, in a year, he probably will for some reason.”

It’s unclear exactly why Winston Peters will ascend to the highest office in New Zealand at the end of next year, but political scientists universally agree “he will.”

“Basically because there’s no way that happens and it doesn’t make any sense whatsoever,” said Edwards. “There’s literally no way you can justify saying it’s going to happen, which at this point, is a pretty strong signal it’s going to happen.”

Following recent results in the US and the UK, a team of scientists from Toronto University are investigating the possibility that voters across the western world are suffering from a rapidly spreading neurological disease that causes them to make abrupt, random decisions in a ballot box they may not even remember.