Peters safe

September 16th, 2008 at 6:17 am by David Farrar

has made clear she will not be sacking Winston Peters, and in fact will keep him on after the election. The Dom Post reports:

Prime Minister Helen Clark further distanced herself from Mr Peters yesterday, but set a high hurdle for sacking him by saying it would take a “devastating development” at today’s hearing for her to act.

Now this is a bizarre hurdle as the only person appearing today is , who will presumably come up with the fifth or sixth version of events about how Winston knew nothing. Only if a witness hostile to Peters was testifying could there be any chance of a devastating development.

The reality is the phone call and e-mail prove beyond reasonable doubt that Peters knew of the donation, and that he was the one referred to by Henry as “my client” as the times match.

Helen Clark has shown herself willing to condone Ministers who lie not once, not twice, but repeatedly to the public. And then she declares the election is about trust!!

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12 Responses to “Peters safe”

  1. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    What’s wrong David? You’re acting like they can’t be trusted.

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  2. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,752 comments) says:

    Peters safe

    But is the country?

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  3. dad4justice (8,222 comments) says:

    Such loyalty and how poignant, it reminds me of the love story of Myrtle and George. Does this couple come from the same country that produce the Warriors and All Black sporting teams?

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  4. coventry (321 comments) says:

    She’s a shocker, she need her medication updated. If it was one of her own, they would have been strung out to dry long ago. One must asked the question, What does Winston have on her ?

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  5. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Winston is the man.
    He is batting a 100 in the post menopausal bladder enfeebled female demographic, even Clark is unable to resist the velvet charms of peters.
    Don’t blame helen, she cannot resist.

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  6. Ross Miller (1,704 comments) says:

    Well I for one give considerable kudos to Helen for her ‘courageous’ decision. It has, in one stroke, cemented in place the link between Labour and Winston First. Forget her line that once Parliament is prorogued all parties go their separate ways.
    The reality is that for Helen read Winston and vice versa and that is the perception in voter land …. semantics don’t count.

    Seriously though I am surprised that such an accomplished political operator (and you have to give her that) could make such a crase error of judgement. Winston First has, up until now, survived on the oxygen of “Keeping both the bastards honest”. Now he can only argue for Labour with the dishonest leading the dishonest.

    Clark has f****d up big time and for that she deserves our collective thanks.

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  7. dave (988 comments) says:

    The only devastating development is something that is unrelated to the privileges committee: a change in political expediency. So there wont be a devastating development at the committee as it cant possible be devastating enough to sack peters.

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  8. Paul Marsden (998 comments) says:

    Ross. She has little choice. If she is to survive (politically) in the short to medium term, she needs Peter’s silence. It’ll be post-election when Peter’s is out of office, we’ll hear him sing.

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  9. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Paul has it sussed. He must have something on them that would completely devastate their chances on the 8th.

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  10. llew (1,533 comments) says:

    He must have something on them that would completely devastate their chances on the 8th.

    Um… he has completely devastated their chances on the 8th.

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  11. NeillR (351 comments) says:

    I think that his goose is cooked now: Peters changes story Only the 35% could possibly believe that litany of lies!

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