I have my doubts about the veracity of Meurant’s statements as he is well known for bigging himself up as a hard man and all of this “politicians in our pockets” stuff certainly fits that description.
But the media is treating them as potentially damning and so are many rightwing commentators so I guess there may be some truth to this story. And if so, what a story it is. Usually when something like this is about to hit there are rumours of it ahead of time but I’ve heard nothing and nobody seems to know what the next twist or turn of the story will be.
What we do know is that today’s Dom Post story hints at the possibility of ACT’s involvement, with Meurant stating to the Velas:
“If ACT don’t get in, access to the finance [select] committee through Dunne will be critical,” the September report said.
Now I read this to mean they already had access to the finance select committee through ACT. That would imply that there was some backroom deal done between the Velas and ACT during the last term of the last National government.
I thought ACT and National were strangely quiet on Friday’s revelations about Winston Peters. Perhaps this week we will find out why.