New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says John Key should also be referred to police over his hosting of a radio show, not just RadioLive. …
I’m staggered that Stuff have not reported on the hypocrisy of that statement by Peters.
You see in 2008, the Electoral Commission referred NewstalkZB to the Police, for a prohibited election programme. And what was that election programme? It was an talkback programme hosted by Winston Peters (and another one by Shane Jones).
So Winston in 2008, did exactly what the PM did in 2011.
Unless Winston is being a total hypocrite (which of course he is), one can only conclude that he thinks he should have been referred to the Police in 2008, not just NewstalkZB.
Unlike Key, who did not talk about politics, Peters said during his talkback hosting:
We don’t mind who you vote for in your first vote, but buy yourself some insurance and give New Zealand First your party vote, your second vote
The Electoral Commission concluded in 2008:
the talkback programmes hosted by Winston Peters MP and Shane Jones MP, and broadcast on NewsTalk ZB, were broadcast in circumstances amounting to the commission of offences for the purposes of section 80 of the Broadcasting Act 1989
So let’s not hold our breath waiting for Winston to demand that he also be referred to the Police. Hopefully though the media will at least mention the gross hypocrisy.