I'm not quite sure yet.
The Winston Peters saga is what I'm on about. It all seems so Byzantine but when you stand off a little and look from a distance, then perhaps a few things come into focus.
As an aside, the first question in my mind this morning is 'Where is the money coming from for QC Peter Williams' fees?'
But back to the villain of the piece, the scampiwag, if you will.
It seems to Adolf that yesterday's events were a little like the opening five minutes of a rugby test match. The preceding questions and 'points of order' stonewalling in the house, clownish press conferences, accusations of who said what and where etc were the media lead up to the game.
The real play now is under way and, like QB at the Hive, I believe that the main play will be the battle of the scampi. The killer punch for Peters, and by association Helen Clark, will be the tapes and affidavits showing Peters corruptly soliciting $50k in return for closing down the scampi quota select committee enquiry.
I'd go further and suggest that yesterday, Peters was pulling the same trick with Helen Clark. It did not take a two hour meeting to resolve something as simple a a minister standing aside while being investigated for fraud.
No, yesterday the terms and conditions of NZ First support for Labour during and after the election campaign were negotiated. Ironically, John Key gave Winston the opportunity to go for Clark's jugular yesterday. Labour will pull their vote in Rimutaka to ensure NZ First wins a seat and gets back in with four or five members and Winston will keep his baubles of office. Winston will give Clark his vote on confidence, supply and pretty much anything else Clark wants. Oh, they might go through a public charade of disagreement but that's just for the chooks in the media.
Remember, Helen Clark will do 'whatever it takes' to hold onto power.
It seems to Adolf that as far as Peters' political future is concerned, all of the to do about Owen Glenn's donations and the privileges committee are small beer. To get rid of him one needs to have him convicted and sent to jail. That is why the scampi evidence is needed to bring down this vile, malevolent and evil little king maker.
Meanwhile, the privileges committee and Owen Glenn will do sufficient damage to finish off Helen Clark for she will be the real target now. The evidence will show she conspired to buy out the NZ First Party, tried to bribe the Maori Party (who also should be called to give evidence) and made out that Mr Glenn would receive his reward by way of consulship.
It might even set fire to her draft UN curriculum vitae.
My bet is that Owen Glenn will be quietly determined that Clark's face never gets anywhere near Turtle Bay.
Oh and by the way, best comment of the week goes to Ed Snack over at Farrar's place: 'Did owen Glenn give $100k to Howard Morrison too? To stop him singing?'
Well done Lemur.
February 2 in history
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