Oh yes, there's much ado about Winston in the papers today.
He's 'electoral poison' says John Armstrong, adding National are now more focussed on Mike Williams.
And Winnie's evidence last night was unconvincing.
Now, the focus turns to Liarbour.
Owen Glenn made those famous parting shots, with Liarbour bagman Mike Williams saying Glenn wanted the Monaco post for tax reasons. But Glenn says Winnie supported the move and he was vetted for it. Williams also denies talking cash with Glenn.
With the involvementof Williams now so clear, with him spending time on Glenn's yacht, and asking Glenn for a job, the role of Dear Leader is now the issue. What does she know? More than she is letting on, no doubt, as she was forced to admit recently.
She's up to her eyeballs in it, says John Key, as indeed she is. Remember, Dear Leader is known for a tight grip on things, she's a control freak, and she has described herself has Liarbours campaigner in chief or something. She would know what Williams was upto and saying. He would brief her too.
Clark and Williams are in it together, which is why she has loyally stood by him despite his other gaffes, like when he offered to resign this year over his lies concerning using government leaflets for campaigning. They are best mates. Bosom buddies.
But despite it all, despite the evidence against her beloved poodle, Winston Peters, Dear Leader wants to see 'due process' against Peters, even though previously she would quite readily sack ministers as allegations 'swirled' around them. Now, we have four seperate inquiries into Winston First, including the SFO, but Peters survives.
But what do we see today? Rather than show leadership and lance the boil, she's waiting for Cullen to report to her. She won't sack Peters today. And as Stuff notes, she fears what havoc he might wreak on her dying government.
So here we have it, a once strong leader, often likened to evil dictators, Dear Leader, is now a timid pussy, a dithering damsel in deep distress. She lacks the courage to tackle electoral poison, a minister so unmeshed in corruption allegations that are so unprecedented, she is afraid to deal with someone doing great damage to her poll ratings too. Why is Uncle Helen afraid of Captain Baubles? Why is she behaving so cowardly against her Captain Baubles?
With each day the charges and evidence against Peters increase. He's in deep trouble with the SFO apparantly, which she naturally tried to close down, and now we have evidence from Whale oil suggesting he fabricated phone records. What dirt does Peters have on Clark?