From the ODT letters to the editor:
Why wait until now to let the dogs loose on Winston Peters? After all there have been vague clouds of uncertainty about electoral donations swirling around since the last election. If the motives to uncover the truth were pure, the investigation should have happened back then. But no, Mr Peters’ enemies have deliberately bided their time until the election is nigh. It simply suits their agenda.
It is patently clear that National’s aim is to destroy, discredit, alienate or neutralise any coalition partners available to Labour. If the election is a close call, Labour’s ability to form a government is compromised.
National and Act have engineered this charade to suit their own purposes. Genuine concerns over the legality of donations should have been dealt with immediately they came to light.
Anyway, as Helen Clark has previously said, the Electoral Finance Act rules applying prior to January this year were so wide a bulldozer could be driven through them. No matter our private opinions of Mr Peters’ handling of the donation saga chances are whatever he did was legal under the legislation applying at the time.
Lynley Simmons – Timaru.