John Armstrong asks why Helen Clark chose to admit that Owen Glenn told her in February that he’d given a $100,000 donation to New Zealand First.
Another day, another bombshell. The Owen Glenn donation saga just keeps getting worse and worse for the Prime Minister.
Her gobsmacking admission today that Glenn had told her earlier this year that he had given $100,000 to New Zealand First drags her right into centre-stage of this debilitating mess when she has preferred to sit in the wings from where she would ultimately pass judgment on Winston Peters.
The big question is why she has revealed this information now and not earlier. She has had ample opportunity previously to do so.
Her answer is that she has been consistently assured by Peters that Glenn was mistaken. She had to accept Peters’ word.
Helen Clark certainly faced an invidious choice. Had she made this information public, it would have embarrassed Peters, possibly forcing his sacking and thereby destabilising and potentially endangering her minority Government.
She will thus be accused of withholding the information in order to both protect Peters and protect her administration.
And rightly so too because the important question is not why did she chose to come clean today, but why she opted to say nothing before.