Vote smart: Winnie cleared but too late

Written By: - Date published: 5:39 pm, November 4th, 2008 - 33 comments
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New Zealand First has now been cleared by the Police or any illegal behaviour. That’s three from three but too late.

I’ve never had a lot of love for Peters. Yes, economically NZF is left-wing and they were an important bulwark against the neoliberal revolution. Yes, he’s a cheeky bugger and often hilarious, and its hard to not personally like the guy. Yes, he has made a number of very worthwhile policy successes (free GP visits for under 6s, more cops, etc) and NZF has arguably been, pound for pound, the most successful party under MMP. But, in my opinion, social conservatism and xenophobia has stained his record, and I won’t be sad to see him out of Parliament.

However, that doesn’t justify the unprecedented attack on Peters from the media, egged on by the right-wing parties and their allies. It seems to me far too many journalists who had been made fun of or criticised by Peters over the years saw this as their chance for revenge and took it. The Right’s lines were swallowed far too readily. As Gordon Campbell wrote: “The final lingering image of the privileges committee investigation of Winston Peters was an apt one – a scrum of journalists gathered round Rodney Hide afterwards, virtually begging to be spun”

And the Right’s strategy has worked. There is no chance now of New Zealand First getting over 5% of the vote, and very little of Peters winning Tauranga. For all its faults, NZF didn’t deserve to be killed this way but it has been.

So, what’s an NZF voter to do? Vote Labour or Green. Don’t waste your vote on NZF and don’t give it to one of the parties that smeared Peters so thoroughly. Now, voting for a Labour-led government might not seem like a natural fit for NZF voters but consider the alternative is National and ACT. And also consider that if you don’t vote against National and ACT, their dirty campaign against NZF will have won.

33 comments on “Vote smart: Winnie cleared but too late”

  1. Monty 1

    Winnie is a complete prick and on Saturday NZ will finally be rid of him, his lies and his arrogance – and the rest of th e Lazy NZ First parasites. Good riddence.

  2. r0b 2

    SP – I thought that was a very balanced summary of Winston / NZF. I couldn’t have been so objective!

  3. r0b 3

    Ahhh – renouncing hate was obviously a short term thing for you Monty. Business as usual from you then. Rightho.

  4. bobo 4

    The media will woe the day they killed their golden egg…

  5. Monty. I thought you were all about the love, man.

  6. rave 6

    I don’t think its too late. Ive never written him off.
    Remember that Winston has been pointing to a clean sheet for months. His supporters will have been expecting this.
    I agree its unlikely that he’ll win Tauranga. But he’s a populist and economic nationalist and such sentiments always build in economic hard times.
    I’m picking he’ll be back and give Hide the hiding he deserves.
    A few people may even vote for Winston out of sheer frustration with the sanctimony of other parties taking their cue from media trials.
    He is also the one most likely to expose Key’s shonkey background. Roll on Wine Box 2.

  7. Ianmac 7

    I have never voted NZF but have disliked the venom expressed against Winston and NZF. Hate to see on Kiwiblog or Whaleoil or here for that matter. Winston did do the job as Foreign Minister well which is what he decided to do this Term. Given the intense pursuit of every doubtful word he has ever said, what a pity the same scrutiny wasn’t given to say John Key.

  8. Monty 8

    The only person who loves Winston is Winston- remember he is th efiirst Minister in living memory to have been censured by Parliament’s Privilages Committee. Only Labourites in their lust for power are prepared to overlook that heis a proven liar – he has misled parliament and as recently as Saturday has been caught out lying about Helicoptor rides.

    How conveniently you forget about the revelations on Saturday (also) surrounding his Policy for Cash in the racing and fishing industries.

    He will win 4.5% on Saturday – but that is all. Monday he will be lining up at the local welfare office looking for the unemployable benefit.

  9. theodoresteel 9

    Actually, that is completely wrong. They did illegal things, a lot, they just won’t be prosecuted. Big difference to those involved. But it was still illegal

  10. Carol 10

    Ditto for the Hollowmen.

  11. If one good thing comes of this election, it will be the death of NZF. At least I’ll have one thing to celebrate.

  12. I’m just putting it out there but could Winston Peters take any action over the accusations now they have shown to be (at best) inaccurate?

  13. RedLogix 13

    What I’m missing is a media turning on ACT and Hide and lambasting them to hell and back for being the prime tools in a nasty, deceitful smear campaign that has backfired in the most spectacular manner imagineable.

    And why no challenge in the media to ACT’s miserable campaign policies, dog-whistling to climate-change deniers, the hang-em-high brigade, and economic ignorati in general? ACT’s campaign is so dishonest even Hide almost certainly does not believe it; but he is 100% willing and proven to be happy exploiting the lowest and most ill-informed prejudices in our community.

    The media have been protecting Hide (and his real masters) all the way.

  14. vto 14

    winston’s talents were wasted on himself.

    but his foibles were well placed.

    for me it all started to unravel when he claimed some years ago after the winebox that “the actual compliance with the law is irrelevant, it is the morals that they broke” and then later he applied the exact opposite standard to Tuku Morgan’s undies.

    His morals have always been malleable. Unless there have been some long term and well placed traps laid for him then quite frankly frankly he has spun his own web.

    Not to mention the many attacks on private citizens from within the ridiculous confines of parliamentary privilege.

    You reap what you sow.

  15. Robin Grieve 15

    What was the three from three?
    Privileges Committee, GUILTY of misleading Parliament, as determined by inderpendent MP’s who heard the evidence.

    Electoral Commission found NZ First did not disclose donations in 2005,2006,2007 and ordered correct returns to be fired. They found no wrongdoing by NZ First Party Secretary because Winston had lied to her by not disclosing the existence of the Spencer Trust. (read the decision on the Commission website if you don’t believe)

    That is 2 from 2 Guilty at this point with only the police deciding no crime. Again because it is against the party and it has to be wilful for it to be an offence. The Party were not told by Winston and so that is why it is not wilful on their part.

    It is wilful on Winston’s part, he is taking any supporters he has left for fools.

  16. vto 16

    It would be fitting if, provided there are no more clangers before his demise, his last lie down was saying he hadn’t used a helicopter in previous campaigns. It seems to have clearly been his most useless yet..

  17. RedLogix 17

    ACT has loudly campaigned on a “Zero Tolerance” of crime policy.

    I fully expect Hide to hand himself in at the nearest Police station tommorrow and confess to wilful perjury and wasting Police time and resources.

    But the slimy hypocrite won’t of course. I’m no fan of Peters, but Hide … (nah I’m not going to type it out; why should I demean myself?)

  18. Ianmac 18

    Redlogix said:”What I’m missing is a media turning on ACT and Hide and lambasting them to hell and back for being the prime tools in a nasty, deceitful smear campaign that has backfired in the most spectacular manner imagineable”.
    And of course National were complicit in this campaign and fed much info to Wodney and donated question time for him to press their attack. (Smear?)
    The by-product of this is that Wodney and John will be blood brothers together should National win. Maybe Wodney could become new DP replacing Bill as a reward for dirty tricks!

  19. Jared 19

    Smear campaign? Winston brought this on himself when he was not honest with the NZ public. He is a politician, and in the same way he expects other MP’s to accept the consequences of having to have a transparent lifestyle, he shouldn’t be judgemental when his past comes back to haunt him.
    Id actually like to know specific examples of ACT’s dishonest campaign, if anything, all they have done was lead the charge against Winston.

  20. RedLogix 20

    Jared,

    I’ve better things to do with my life than defend Winston Peters. You state that he was not honest with the NZ public.

    If you are thinking of the infamous “No” sign incident, it is worth remembering that strictly speaking it was the correct answer to the question put to him.

    But yes in the in the broader sense he was being misleading. Of course the wider purposes of NZ1 were being supported by a very wealthy donor (Glenn Owen), and in doing so it inevitably opened the question of what “quid pro quo” had been purchased with the cash.

    Exactly as it would for any other Party receiving cash in such a murky fashion.

    Which is exactly why Winston refused to fully and transparently answer the question of who his real fiscal backers were.

    Consider then the situation of the other two Parties who have used trusts to hide their real backers, National and ACT. By refusing to reveal who donated to these trusts (involving sums far larger than NZ1’s situation), these Parties have in effect misled the NZ public in exactly the same manner the Winston Peters did.

    National has long defended it’s use of the Ruahine and Waitemata Trusts as legal; although it is now absolutely clear that they were completely unacceptable from a moral perspective. (The Select Committee report into the WP matter, reiterated and clarified this point very strongly.)

    Now it is determined that NZ1’s action were also legal, although of course they were unacceptable morally. This places NZ1, ACT and National in the identical position. Their actions around all these donations while legal, were ethically indefensible.

    But ACT (and National by close association) have greatly compounded their venality with a deeply cynical, profoundly hypocritical and ultimately false allegation of criminal wrong-doing against NZ1.

    It’s almost enough to make me vote for Winnie out of sheer bloody-mindedness. (But not quite.)

  21. Jared 21

    How is using a trust to conceal donations the same as denying the payments occurred in the first place? I hardly think Act is being hypocritical over NZ Firsts use of trusts, rather they are being critical over his attempt to mislead the country about the nature of the donations. Winston always denied that the Owen Glenn payments even occurred, even though he was categorically proved wrong.

  22. RedLogix 22

    Jared,

    How is using a trust to conceal donations the same as denying the payments occurred in the first place?

    If you do not know WHO made the donations the effect is exactly the same… a lack of transparency.

    The critical issue with big anonymous donations is the question of corruption. It is one thing to unload a big wad of cash onto your favourite political cause, it is another to purchase a political favour as a result. Whether the donation itself is a secret, or the name of the donor is a secret, the salient issue of corruption remains exactly the same.

    I might also point out that the effect of combining an unknown number of donations, of unknown size, from unknown sources, into one declared payment from a Trust is in reality exactly the same as denying knowledge of the individual source payments.

  23. Byron 23

    “NZF didn’t deserve to be killed this way but it has been.”

    Some in our immigrant communities may disagree there.

    “Monday he will be lining up at the local welfare office looking for the unemployable benefit.”

    Nope, massive MP pension coming his way. If I were to predict a future career, I’d put my money behind ‘talkback radio host’ though I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave parliament another try in 2011.

    Captcha: abandon ork (to easy…)

  24. Jared 24

    Come on Red, you can’t really believe his line that he didn’t know who donated.

  25. Rex Widerstrom 25

    No, “Winnie” wasn’t cleared at all, Steve. The only person who could have been prosecuted (and only for the 2007 return, as the time limit had expired on the others) was the Party Secretary. And the police concluded, probably quite correctly, that the Party Secretary had not knowingly committed fraud but had merely innocently submitted the (almost certainly deliberately falsified) information provided to them by others in the party hierarchy.

    It’s a right and proper outcome but not the exoneration you’re spinning.

    Hopefully on Saturday we’ll see a discredited figure climbing into his helicopter, fingers raised in a ‘V for victory’ sign, narrowly avoiding an alternative trip to a jail cell. Perhaps he’ll even complete the echo by proclaiming “I am not a crook”.

    I do hope he takes action, as Illuminated Tiger suggests, against those of us who’ve so “innacurately accused” him. I for one will relish the chance for discovery, which is one of the reasons I’ve been happy to comment under my real name.

  26. RedLogix 26

    Come on Red, you can’t really believe his line that he didn’t know who donated.

    Almost certainly Peters knew that Owen Glenn had made a donation. Equally it is almost certain that senior people within ACT and the Nats also know who contributed large sums into the various Trusts their parties have benefited from. The only difference is that no-one from the media has put the blow-torch on ACT or National about it, while at the same time they have consistently refused to open the books on the trusts.

    In terms of transparency (which is the most pertinent question), we the public, are still have none the wiser as to who those large donors to were.

    As I have made clear in the posts above, I believe there is no effective moral daylight between the positions of NZ1, ACT and National in this matter of secret donations. The big difference is that two of those parties compounded their hypocrisy by knowingly conspiring to make a false allegation of criminal wrong-doing against the third.

  27. Simon 27

    It’s simple. New Zealand First supporters should vote New Zealand First. And prove the doubters wrong.

  28. Vinsin 28

    Hopefully Tauranga will vote him back in – it wouldn’t surprise me if they did – because I’d miss the guy if goes. Seriously, we’d lose a fantastic statesman and possibly one of the most entertaining ministers in NZ.

  29. My previous inputs on winstonP have adequately spelled out how an injustice – on the face of things and off – has been perpetuated against him and his party, the latest ‘police’ disclosure confirming this.

    What is to the point, however, is how now his accusers stand distinct for what they are.. and well stated above.

    I understand that he was a product of PM Muldoon, an earlier kiwi to push the power politics button. And emphasise it via media domination. Like father like son, as it were.

    Of course, that very same media had its own story to tell. And tracking away from traditional functions by, for and to whole communities has gotten included. As those communities, in turn, changed. Resulting today in this one politician’s churlishness toward them and their own preoccupations with branded power promotion and corporate control. Of electorates. Consumers. Spenders, cashflow suppliers.

    So yes, media by its own devices can be a weapon. Until those whom it is used against ‘cotton on’. And shun it. How much more shun can it afford..?

    Something its users and abusers might contemplate. ASAP.

  30. Swampy 30

    The law is actually very weak so it is no surprise NZF got off. Of course the law is weak, it was created by politicians who want to make sure they have a good chance of getting away with it. All it takes is for party officials to keep the secretary in the dark. Add to that the 6 month statute of limitations to make it even weaker. I’d just love for someone to tell me how many laws have a statute of limitations and why.

  31. Swampy 31

    “National has long defended it’s use of the Ruahine and Waitemata Trusts as legal; although it is now absolutely clear that they were completely unacceptable from a moral perspective. (The Select Committee report into the WP matter, reiterated and clarified this point very strongly.)”

    What moral is that? Is that the same moral by which the Labour Party campaigns for state funding of political parties?

    Is that the moral that says the government wants to know who donors are so it can villify or persecute them?

  32. Swampy 32

    “The big difference is that two of those parties compounded their hypocrisy by knowingly conspiring to make a false allegation of criminal wrong-doing against the third.”

    Your evidence is?

    Just because NZF was not prosecuted doesn’t mean they actually didn’t break the law. Try looking at the nuts and bolts of the decision. Only party secretaries can be prosecuted. All a party has to do is make sure the secretary isn’t given the right information and they make the return, then they are let off because the secretary didn’t break the law, and the person who did can’t be prosecuted because the law doesn’t allow for it.

  33. Swampy 33

    I think Winnie’s defenders have missed the point.

    That other parties have used trusts is a well known fact.

    NZ First has attacked the process used by other parties, their use of trusts etc.

    The problem is not that any party used trusts. It is that Winston has not been either open or honest about his own party’s use of them.

    Read the media political commentators, are any of them defending Winston? I’d trust them to be a lot more objective than any commenters on a political blog.

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Who Shall We Turn To When God, And Uncle Sam, Cease To Defend New Zealand?
    Bewhiskered Cassandra? Professor Hugh White’s chilling suggestion, advanced to select collections of academic, military and diplomatic Kiwi experts over the course of the past week, is that the assumptions upon which Australia and New Zealand have built their foreign affairs and defence policies for practically their entire histories – are ...
    6 days ago
  • The Politics of Opposition
    For most of the time I was a British MP, my party was out of government – these were the Thatcher years, when it was hard for anyone else to get a look-in. As a front-bencher and shadow minister, I became familiar with the strategies required in a parliamentary democracy ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    7 days ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
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    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
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    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • US imperialism, Huawei, racism and imperial anxiety
    by Tony Norfield US political opinion against China has two solid bases. The first is the longstanding racist and protectionist sentiment in the white working class; the second is a more recent anxiety about China’s economic prowess in America’s ruling elite. This article notes some historical aspects of anti-Chinese racism ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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