Duncan Garner blogs the questions he wants answered:
- Who set up the Spencer Trust?
- Who donates to it?
- What is the money spent on?
- Does New Zealand First receive money from the Trust?
- How much?
- Why isn’t it declared? (Donations to parties over 10k must be declared)
- What else does the Trust spend its money on?
And none of them answered.
But Winston will not answer these questions. He can’t. Answering them will only confirm what he and his party are up to. His MPs are in the dark – they know nothing. They trudge to Parliament each day – grasping some pre-written patsy question to ask their leader.
Like, why did Condi Rice come to New Zealand and would it have happened under any other Foreign Minister? How embarrassing for them. What sycophants.
They owe their jobs to Peters. None would make it under their own steam. Barbara Stewart. Ever heard of her? Now Peters is making his MPs look like the hopeless docile poodles that they are. And these people call us meercats!
I understand several gallery offices now have pictures of meerkats up on their walls. One journalist told me of an e-mail they got complaining on behalf of the meerkats with the comparisons to the media!
A member of the press gallery, taken from Wikipedia.
Peters now has no credibility. He does not believe in being accountable. His only defence is attack. He has promised on three occasions this week to ‘clear things up’. He hasn’t. What are you so embarrassed about Winston?
Journalists are asking legitimate questions. Peters hopes his loyal 5% still agree with him. And unlike Helen Clark, Winston doesn’t need to appeal to the masses. He needs 5% percent. This will be hurting him in Tauranga. I don’t think he can win the seat. Can he get 5% – perhaps not, though it’s too early to write him off.
I think Peters is now toast in Tauranga. Their chance of survival is making 5%. It is possible that there are enough stupid people to get a boost in the polls from his antics. But will he retain that support (if he even gains it) through until the election?
And Duncan concludes on trusts:
Trusts by their very nature are set up to hide things – established to protect people, their money and assets. National has the Ruahine and Waitemata Trust. The Labour Party also declares a legal trust fund for those who want to give to the party on the quiet.
But all these trusts are declared. They have been for years. Peters has kept his quiet. Even from his own people. Only a select few knew about it.
The point here is 25K was solicited from Sir Bob Jones by Winston Peters and his party hacks. Jones has a right to know if it ever went to the party. And so does the NZ public.
The Spencer Trust looks like a secret slush fund. And the Right Honourable Winston Peters doesn’t deserve the title.
I do not think the media will stop asking questions on this, even though there is no chance Winston will ever usefully answer them.
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