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.
Bill Ralston has discovered the secret to better election TV:
I have found the answer to all those boring political debates and interview programmes (including my own) that litter the election campaign.
Don’t have any politicians on them.
They become so much more fun if you simply have the journalists nattering to each other and then head off for a beer afterwards.
He made the discovery because Winston Peters refused to take part in a Sky TV interview with the leaders and one of his staff, Frank Perry made this suggestion to Ralston who hosts the show:
Another email from Perry: “Mr Peters will not be there. We suggest that you interview yourself – you have had plenty of practice!”
So Frank gave me the idea. If Winston didn’t front then I would have to interview, if not myself, four of Peters’ favourite meerkats. Barry Soper, who Winston had a verbal brawl with in John McCain’s office in Washington, Dom Post investigative journalist Phil Kitchin who broke a series of stories regarding NZ First’s finances that led to Peters angrily calling him a “gripper”, TV3’s Duncan Garner who’s been under fairly constant attack by Peters, and Dom Post gallery journalist Vernon Small who will never be on Winston’s Christmas card list.
It was a pity I couldn’t have rounded the panel off with one of the Espiner brothers who Peters loathes with venom.
. . . I regret he didn’t show up but the show went on anyway and everyone had a great time without him.
Maybe it was an allegory of the coming election, Winston won’t show up in Parliament because New Zealand First won’t trigger the 5% barrier. Some people might regret his disappearance from the political scene but the show will go on without him and we will all have a great time anyway.
We can but hope.
Is this appropriate conduct for a Minister of Foreign Affairs?
Contacted for comment yesterday, the party leader, Winston Peters, said: “Phil, I told you I’m not talking to a lying wanker like you. See you.” He then hung up.
That was his response to questions from Dominion post journalist Phil Kitchen about a deposit slip showing $19,998 was deposited into NZ First’s bank account from one or more cheques in December 1999.