For once we can talk about Winniegate without mentioning Winston Raymond Peters MP 63 of No Fixed Abode, as Whale Oil keep calling him.
No more revelations today, I think. Instead we can focus on another major character in the drama: The mysterious multi-billionaire and Larbour and NZ First bankroller- Owen Glenn.
The Sunday Star-Times has a fair profile on the elusive figure, who is winging his way to Wellington to give his side of the story. It even quotes Ian Wishart and Cactus Kate in its well-rounded assessment.
But what strikes me is that Howard Morrison seems such a good friend that there can we no way Glenn will have confused Winnie with Morrison at the Karaka horse sales as Liarbour/ Winston First (same thing really, now) claim.
Talking of which, the story continues:
When Clark insisted on believing Peters rather than Glenn, she "trampled all over his mana", says Morrison.
With the story adding, that despite Cullen saying Glenn is 'confused', "there appears to be little evidence that Glenn's mental powers are in any way blunted."
Matthew Hootton's column today looks with relish at the fun to come, of chickens coming home to roost.
Owen Glenn is flying back to New Zealand to sink Helen Clark, Winston Peters and the corrupt government they lead.
Hooton say later:
Clark may soon have reason to regret the disgusting way she treated Glenn when he was here for the opening of the University of Auckland's new Owen G Glenn Business School, to which Glenn donated more than $7.5 million. For Glenn, the immigrant schoolboy from Mt Roskill, who never had an opportunity to attend university himself, this was the culmination of his more than 40 years of success in business.
Clark ruined his day. Her almost unbelievable rudeness to the biggest benefactor of her own party and the country's largest university shocked all decent New Zealanders. In public, she uttered not one word to Glenn, nor would she look him in the eye, and she sent her prize thug Trevor Mallard to keep him away.
Worse, Clark is believed to have turned on Glenn in private with angry words being heard through the walls by those in the next room.
Glenn will also have been fully briefed about the vicious smear campaign launched against him by Labour ministers and Beehive apparachiks. As usual, it was Mallard who sank furthest into the slime, reportedly advising people privately to check for scars on Glenn's forehead, implying Glenn has received some type of brain surgery or electroconvulsive shock therapy. These are not nice people who surround Clark.
Indeed, Winston Peters' lawyer Peter Williams QC has also been smearing Glenn with various comments about his faculties. And Hooton concludes:
This is a shabby way to treat a New Zealander who is an international business success story; who has given so generously to so many causes, including the business school and another half million to establish a Chair in Marine Science at the University of Auckland; who has funded our democratic process through his very generous donations to political parties; who was honoured as recently as January by the Queen on behalf of the prime minister; and who offered to represent and promote New Zealand in Monaco at his own expense.
Glenn will no doubt want to retaliate by telling all he knows about how the Labour Party raises money, how closely involved Clark is in that process, and who it was who suggested he make large donations to New Zealand First and perhaps to the Maori Party as well. The chickens are flying home to roost on Tuesday.
So who knows, if Hooton is correct and Dear Leader is sunk by her own and Winston's corruption, our election might be exciting after all!