About the money he still owes us

My initial reaction to the news that Winston Peters may be considering a political come back was one of horror.

Then I remembered:

* He still owes the taxpayer $158,000, the amount of public money New Zealand First wrongly used to fund its 2005 election campaign.

* No-one knows how much if any of the money he said New Zealand First gave to charity, instead of repaying the public, actually went to charity, and if it did which causes it went to.

* This is the man who lied about Owen Glenn.

* This is the man who pretended his party was funded by little donations when it wasn’t.

* This is the man who said he wouldn’t be wooed by the baubles of office but was, and continued as the Minister with Baubles after he was sacked.

The list could go on, but having remembered all that I relaxed. There can’t be enough people  in New Zealand who could overlook all that and vote for the man. Or could there?

3 Responses to About the money he still owes us

  1. pdm says:

    Well said HP.

    The first two points should be compulsory first questions by all media when interviewing Peters.

    No answer no further interview.


  2. Caryl says:

    Interesting that Peters has reappeared just as the Foreshore and Seabed issue is showing some signs of resolution. There are lots of opportunities for him to create populist uncertainty of the you’ll-never-be-able-to-take-your-children-to-the-beach-again variety.

    Peters is divisive and self-serving. The House is better without him.


  3. Farmer Baby Boomer says:

    I aggree with pdm, you have said it well HP. A good resume of Winston’s hypocracy.
    The current focus on the Foreshore and Seabed was something that was always going happen at some point following Nationals aggreement with the Maori Party.
    I see John Key’s hands on the the reports release at this time as part of his efforts to play down the importance of the Smacking referendum. Personally I believe John Key is dreaming if he thinks the the smacking issue will go away.
    I’m wondering if Winston might see an opportunaty here and start making pronounments on the smacking issue. Not many of the large majority wanting the Bradford/Key/Clark Section 59 compromise changed would be likely to support NZ First. But if John Key is determined to frustrate that majority the then there will protest votes looking for a home in 2011. Many of them will never vote labour. But there might just be enough to prepared vote NZ First to give them 5% when added to their residual support.


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