So the Priviledges Committee has delivered its verdict.
Winston Peters is to be censured.
While that might sound like being slapped on the wrist with a wet bus ticket, its symbolism is significant.
It means the MPs thought he lied.
It means Dear Leader has made the misjudgement of believing in her Captain Baubles and sticking with him through thick and thin.
Just what does he have on her?
And no wonder we had the smokescreen, fresh from the Liarbour research unit about John Key's share trading tonight. It was a tailor made diversion for the media to lap and TV1 did, like another faithful poodle.
Now, we can only wonder about the seriousness of the SFO allegations.
We have seen Liarbour deliver a smokescreen for the media tonight.
We have seen Dear Leader undermine the privililedges committee with her talk of a 'tainted' inquiry.
We have seen Cullen's reluctance to give confidence in the SFO.
We see a Liarbour First regime undermining legal process whenever it can, a government acting above the law.
I can only guess that it doesn't look good for Captain Baubles, or his misstress, Dear Leader.
What will the other scandals reveal?
UPDATE: Barnsley Bill covers the verdict here.
UPDATE 2: Keeping Stock comments here.
UPDATE3: David Farrar is to read the 280 page report but notes some dilemmas for Peters and Clark in this detailed and excellent post.
Update4: Roar Prawn notes ACT MPs wanted Winnie suspended, while Whale Oil also recalls how Liarbour tried to nobble the process.
UPDATE5: Matthew Hooton notes only the Axis Mps backed Peters.