Young on Peters

July 19th, 2008 at 5:51 am by David Farrar

Audrey Young says the focus next week will be on Clark more than Peters due to the death of his mother. She is amazingly restrained in her story considering Winston Peters defamed her (he called her a liar) and tried to destroy her journalistic career:

Prime Minister is likely to feel the brunt of Opposition heat over the New Zealand First donation issue when Parliament resumes in three days.

It is apparent that she did not exert herself too much to get to the bottom of contradictions between what Winston Peters and said – except to get an assurance from Peters that his party did not receive a donation.

We now know on the record that Glenn made what is effectuvely a personal secret donation to Clark’s Foreign Minister. He covered $100,000 of Winston’s legal expenses for him. And then proceeded to get lobbied by the man who is also Labour’s biggest donor to get himself appointed Consul. At the same time Mike Williams lobbied Helen Clark on the same issue, and the Government seemingly abandoned their previous position that there was no need for a Consul in Monaco.

Clark will no doubt be asked how having Ministers in her Government received secret $100,000 donations fits in with her claims of seeking transparency through the Electoral Finance Act. And even though this secret donation happened before the EFA was passed, it would have been able to remain legally secret even if made under the EFA.

Other questions to Clark may be around the Ministerial declaration of interests. Is it policy of her Government that Ministers do not have to delcare personal secret donations of $100,000 so long as their lawyer doesn’t tell them about the donations?

It is also interesting that those champions of electoral transparency, the Green Party MPs, have so far not said even one word on this issue. Could you imagine the legions of trees which would have been destroyed by now if this had happened in a National-led Government?

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12 Responses to “Young on Peters”

  1. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    I find it utterly incredible that a lawyer would not disclose to his client the source of the funding for his legal expences. Henry may have some questions to answer on that if it is true. But this whole ruse is so contrived that Henry may have exposed himself professionally in order to protect Peters. And you have to ask yourself this – with the comment by Jones the party President on the 100k arriving into the bank account, and the comments by Glenn himself together with the material in the Herald, it would be normal to be just a little curious about the money. Peters who has built a career on “finding the truth,” chose to close his eyes regarding his own murky finances.

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  2. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    how about those polls..?

    remember that formula that national had to be at least 15% ahead of labour..or they were toast..?

    well..fairfax has them on a 16% lead..

    and act..?..act have dropped to 0.5%

    that (expected) ‘wodger-bounce’..obviously didn’t happen..

    http://whoar.co.nz/2008/the-latest-poll-results-illustrate-a-problem-with-poll-results/

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  3. radvad (661 comments) says:

    I repeat a comment I put on a previous post late last night.

    Remember Glenn’s reason for donating to Labour? It was so Labour would persue a free trade agreement with China (cash for policy).

    Now NZ1 has always opposed such agreements so why would Glen help Winston out in this way? Could it have been at the prompting of someone who had a vested interest in Peters beating Clarkson in court. Now who would that be? Why, none other than Clark\Williams. Perhaps Winston even made it a condition for breaking his “no bauble” pledge that Clark\Williams provide funding for Winston’s legal case.

    There is a lot of mileage left in this one.

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  4. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    In the financial markets its called a ‘dead cat bounce’, although in Huluns case I’d replace cat with another animal.

    Who can guess which one?

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  5. radvad (661 comments) says:

    It is hard enough to believe that Peters did not know about this donation at the time it was made. It is even harder to believe Brian Henry did not tell him about it during the Glen controversy earlier this year, especially as there was conjecture Glen had donated to NZ1.

    Memo to Audrey Young. Keep digging.

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  6. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    It will be interesting if the tried and true strategy of last election will work this time:

    bribe the students (check),

    appeal to the chattering middleclasses with tax cuts/handouts (check),

    lie and cheat via election advertising out of departmental budgets (yet to be seen but given the bus sized holes in the legislation lets assume check),

    attempt low rent character asassination courtesy of PR firm focus groups (check),

    ride the wave of global house price inflation (oh fuck)…

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  7. ross (1,454 comments) says:

    > I find it utterly incredible that a lawyer would not disclose to his client the source of the funding for his legal expences.

    You would have thought so. I would also have thought that for Peters to be making accusations of fabrication by the Herald, he must have asked Glenn who said he hadn’t made any donations to NZF. I quick call to Glenn would have resolved this fiasco.

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  8. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (856 comments) says:

    well well well. Who would have thought it eh? rich foreign bagmen, secret donations, cash for honours.

    threats to sue if reporters went on with the story?

    threats to newspaper editors and reporters?

    what a smelly little mess.

    must be that new standard of transparency and accountability we were promised?

    the saddest part is that most of NZ are such complacent little sheep they havent noticed their country being stolen from them by these people.

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  9. radvad (661 comments) says:

    Deity
    “well well well. Who would have thought it eh? rich foreign bagmen, secret donations, cash for honours.

    threats to sue if reporters went on with the story?

    threats to newspaper editors and reporters?”

    The funniest thing about all of this is watching those self appointed paragons of electoral virtue and their supporters, starting with Philu, supporting all of those things.

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  10. John Ansell (861 comments) says:

    Sybil to Basil Fawlty: “You’ve had all night to think about it Basil – is that reeeeeeally the best that you can do??

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  11. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    oh look..acts’ campaign manager has dropped in..!

    (he’s the one who thinks the exhumation of ‘wodger’ is a good idea..

    (i am really pleased he is acts’ campaign manager..

    ..it’s thinking/strategising like that from act that the centre-left want to see..

    so..mr ansell..

    ..any comment on act on 0.5%..?..brought about by ‘wodger’ scaring the horses..eh..?

    so ..really..that sybil question should be directed at you..eh..?

    “ – is that reeeeeeally the best that you can do??..”

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  12. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    Screaming for journalists to be fired is an old Muldoon tactic – play the man instead of the ball. But this time it has not worked, the media are “staying on target.” And they are continuing to press him despite his public announcement of his family bereavement.

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