Stepped, jumped or pushed?

Helen Clark said Winston Peters has stepped down from his ministerial positions.

The wording allows him to retain what vestige of dignity he was still clinging to, but it doesn’t really matter if he stepped, jumped or was pushed. He could not have retained his roles while under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

However, as is typical of Peters, his stepping down raises more questions including: why did he ask Helen Clark to take over his portfolios and why did she accept?

Running the country ought to keep her busy enough without trying to be Minister of Foreign Affairs, Racing and Associate Senior Citizens.

6 Responses to Stepped, jumped or pushed?

  1. I reckon Clark gave him three choices. Step down, resign or get fired.


  2. Inventory2 says:

    Dignity? Schnignity!


  3. adamsmith1922 says:

    I suspect Helen took the roles, because she did not want Phil Goff to get his hands on Foreign Affairs again.

    Goff has just shone again in Singapore.

    Any bets if he does not get to be leader on Goff getting the big international job or jobs instead of the tainted Helen?


  4. bustedblonde says:

    methinks he would have pleaded to be able to save face – he is all about the show…bout time someone tried to find sarah Neems – last time i heard she was down south.


  5. Ed Snack says:

    A Sarah Neems is communications manager for Southern lakes DC, same one, maybe. But would she talk. Would Michael Laws be likely to speak out ?

    After all my punditry picking Wednesday, he goes today after all, and picking that it would be a face-saving arrangement was a no brainer. Ah well, back to the day job.


  6. JC says:

    It makes sense for her to take over FA and Racing.. instant credibility and a sop to NZ 1sters who might now still vote Winston in the hope of him doing the Lazarus. The Racing fraternity may not be well pleased.



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