Labour must be worried that the fallout from Winston Peters’ lobbying to appoint Owen Glenn as honorary counsul to Monaco is reflecting badly on Helen Clark and endangering Labour’s chances of re-election.
Bill Ralston said:
Over the past couple of weeks the polls showed an increasing trickle of voters dribbling back to NZ First as their memories of Peters’ embarrassments of the last few months began to fade in the glare of the election campaign. Their doubts will now be reawakened.
It is a bitter blow for Labour and Helen Clark. They had been counting on NZ First just cresting the 5% MMP barrier and effectively slamming the door on Key’s chances of forming a government.
The depth of their concern is evidenced by the release of their “neutron bomb”.
It’s an attempt to link John Key to the H-fee white collar crime.
But the Herald story is linked to one which quotes former Serious Fraud Office head Charles Sturt saying Key had nothing to do with the matter.
That suggests it’s a damp squib.