Barry Soper told Larry Williams on Newstalk ZB yesterday that the police were waiting for legal advice before releasing a report on their investigations into New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. But Soper wasn’t expecting charges to be laid.
The report still hasn’t been released but if it does clear Peters it will be overshadowed by yet another report on his hypocricy.
Phil Kitchen reports on evidence that NZ First and its leader took donations from the Velas who were also paying party staffer Ross Meurant who was helping develop racing, fishing and tax policies.
A related story tells of Peters demanding a helicopter from the Velas.
If nothing else this is further proof of hypocrisy in the man who scrambled up the polticial ladder on rungs created by his repeated railings against the influence of big business.
It will only take one in five 20 voters to get Peters and his party into parliament. Once he’s there a Labour led government, supported by the Greens and Jim Anderton would allow him back in government, almost certainly as a minister.
Jeanette Fitzsimons said during the wee party leaders’ debate she’d find it difficult working with him, but neither she nor her party have said they won’t work with him.
So a vote for any of the parties on the left is a vote for Peters to be a Minister because they are all prepared to put politics before principle.
Only John Key has put principle first by ruling Peters and his party out of cabinet and government he leads.
We can choose not to vote for Peters and his party, but that might not keep them out of parliament.
We can choose to vote for a National led government and be certain it will keep them out of government.