I have to say it's always amusing to hear Winston Peters lambast his accusers by calling them "lazy," guilty of "sloppy journalism" and claim the evidence against him is just "malicious lies." It's doubly amusing -- since as everyone knows this is a man who is a complete stranger to details with a near-total aversion to hard work, who can't lie straight in bed.
The primary problem Peters now faces is his own "sloppiness" with the truth (did the Cook Strait ferry ever run aground as he said it did? was anything ever found at the bottom of the Winebox as he claimed? did he really refuse the baubles of office as he promised? was the man with the illegal Winston First sign just "an enthusiastic supporter" who Winston said he didn't know? did Owen Glenn ever give him money, which Winston said he didn't)*; his own party's sloppiness with donations, and who may or may not have deposited what, and when (or not); and his own abject dishonesty in stealing money from the taxpayer to fund his last election campaign, and his childish games ever since in refusing to pay it back.
"Sloppy"doesn't begin to describe the dishonest poseur.
Here's Devo with a song for Winston: 'Sloppy.'
UPDATE 1: The Hive suggests the last job for the Serious Fraud Office before its demise should be investigating the Glenn loan or non-loan to NZ First. That would certainly motivate the SFO troops!
UPDATE 2: The conspiracy theories have started. I just received this in my inbox:
Now, I might be drawing a long bow here, but what if OG’s donations to NZ First were a set-up from the start?
What if he made donations under the direction of the Labour Party to NZ First as an insurance scheme for Labour?
Maybe, Peters either knew about the money but wanted to keep it quiet – why, we don’t know. It seems odd seeing he backed the EFB.
Or, Peters didn’t know about the money, it arrived in NZF’s bank account anyway, and Winston has been made to look a fool when OG comes out stating that he gave NZ First money.
Peters is caught with his fly down after denying the donations publicly, and Clark and Labour cut Peters loose when he looks like he’s becoming a liability.
A year or two ago I wouldn’t have considered something so outlandish, but after seeing Labour in action, I think nothing is beyond the realms of possibility.
Frankly, I think the ability of the Labour Party to organise anything suggests cockup more than conspiracy. But it's entertaining to speculate.
UPDATE 3: Frankly, you can only laugh when you hear Helen Clark saying it's not her job to investigate since Winston Peters's problems are "not the Labour Party's business" and she is "not a private police force" as she did just now on Newstalk ZB, since in the last nine years every goddamn thing anyone in this country does has been deemed to be "the Labour Party's business" -- that is, every goddamn thing except the behaviour of her cabinet ministers -- and she and those same cabinet ministers have unleashed unprecedented police power against productive, hard-working New Zealanders and their families.
And she might reflect too that If she's used the phrase "not the Labour Party's business" more liberally over the last nine years, she might have more support now.
* The answer to all of these is of course the very opposite of what Winston said was the case. When it came to the crunch, it was found Winston had no evidence to back up any of his self-serving tilts at the headlines, or to do what he said he would -- and now the emails have come out between Owen Glenn and his PR man, they seem top confirm Dail Jones's claim last year that a donation of around $100k was deposited into the NZ First back account in December last year.