Soon to-be acting Prime Minister Winston Peters is suing the Government.
Peters is suing the Ministry of Social Development, plus it its chief executive, Brendan Boyle, and State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes for $450,000 for breach of privacy – relating to his belief over how details of his pension overpayment were leaked to journalists.
He is also suing former ministers Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley but that is no surprise. They have always been targets.
The really stunning aspect of the new action is its timing so close to the date he is due to become Acting Prime Minister for six weeks.
Even if he had a water-tight case – and there is no evidence that he has – wouldn’t he delay it for the sake of a peaceful transition? . .
Quite what Peters expects to achieve by wasting taxpayers’ money on this at all let alone on the eve of his taking over as acting PM is hard to fathom.
But the timing must be deliberate and it comes with his waiting until the last minute to pull support for repealing the three-strikes legislation.
Anyone willing to bet that all will be calm and stable while Peters is acting PM?