Dail Jones was elected President of NZ First on several occassions – he even won on a contested ballot, so obviously has some popular support in NZ First.
But he did a terrible thing this year. He told the truth, and by telling the truth exposed how NZ First had been breaking the electoral laws of this country. This of course means he got demoted by Winston on the party list.
Seven new candidates have all been ranked higher than Jones at No 14.
What is especially shameful, if that they did not even tell Jones to his face – he found out from the party’s website.
It is ironic that WInston pressured other candidates to stand aside to let Dail Jones back into Parliament in 2007.
Jones makes the point:
“If they had followed what I had said in February and disclosed the donation, there would never have been a problem.”
Mr Peters said the demotion was a party decision, and he did not have a vote or any involvement in the low placing.
Of course, and you never knew about the Owen Glenn donation also.