Friday, February 1, 2013

THE RT (DIS) HON WINSTON PETERS

The cant and hubris exhibited by Winston Raymond Peters in Parliament yesterday in his speech 'welcoming' the election of David Carter as Speaker was truly amazing even by his double standards.   One sensed that even the motley crew that goes by the name of the Winston First caucus were embarrassed.   They had a right to be.

His diatribe was full of Peters venom in coded language directed again a Carter who he had sued for defamation back in 2004 and lost and lost big time.

Peters focused on two issues.   The first being the probity of appointing a politician to the London post in preference to a MFAT diplomat and the second, the failure of  John Key to consult with him over the appointment.

This is where the cant and hubris rules OK.   

Over the years both Labour and National have appointed 'their' men to our top diplomatic posts in London and Washington.    Clearly they see advantages in having a friendly ear close to the ground in those two capitals.
Some have been inspired appointments and some simply embarrassing.

So, in view of his comment, how was it that Winston Peters, as Foreign Minister in the late and never lamented Clark Government, signed off on the appointment of Jonathan Hunt (ex Labour Speaker) to the London job?    He was perhaps our most embarrassing one edging out John Collinge.    Readers will recall Hunt's cringe worthy attempt to access the UK Old Age pension and also his refusal to out of his car and get wet at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Day.    Answer that Mr Peters.

And as for 'consulting' over the choice of Speaker just where were you as a lickspittal senior member of the Clark Government when they appointed Margaret Wilson (arguably our worst ever Speaker) to replace Hunt.   Was National consulted?   No way.

OK, two wrongs don't necessarily make a right but I note that, while there may not have been formal consultation, the Greens Co-Leader confirmed in her speech that they had initiated discussions on the appointment.   Peters could have done the same but the reality is that, given the blood feud between them, there is no way he would have ever agreed to Carter's appointment.

So, there it is.  Cant and hubris in spades ... Oh, and pay the money back you b*****d.





9 comments:

alwyn said...

I don't like Winston at all but in the interests of accuracy he was not Minister of Foreign Affairs when Jonathon Hunt was appointed to London.
The announcement was made in December 2004, Hunt ceased to be Speaker on 3 March 2005 and left Parliament on 30 March 2005 to become the High Commissioner. Thus Winston did not "sign off" on the appointment.
This does not change in any way that Winnie is a complete and utter ratbag.

alwyn said...

Sorry to complete this I should have noted that WP became Minister of Foreign Affairs on 19 October 2005.

Graeme Edgeler said...

But Winston was Minister of Foreign Affairs when New Zealand First MP Brian Donnelly was appointed High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.

Anonymous said...

"Clearly they see advantages in having a friendly ear close to the ground in those two capitals."

Bollocks!!! Simply put more trough feeding by past pollies.

For all others there would be cries of "double dipping" from the taxpayer purse.

Anonymous said...

"And as for 'consulting' over the choice of Speaker just where were you as a lickspittal senior member of the Clark Government when they appointed Margaret Wilson (arguably our worst ever Speaker) to replace Hunt. Was National consulted? No way."

And did not National put up it's own candidate that time?

Pollies incompetent trough feeders the lot of them.

Noel said...


The Veteran said

"And as for 'consulting' over the choice of Speaker just where were you as a lickspittal senior member of the Clark Government when they appointed Margaret Wilson (arguably our worst ever Speaker) to replace Hunt. Was National consulted? No way.'"

Aint you tweaking history somewhat?

History records it as
"In December 2004, the Clark Labour Government announced that they would nominate Wilson for the post of Speaker of the House of Representatives, a position which would become vacant with the pending retirement of Jonathan Hunt. Previous speculation had focused on Mark Burton, the Minister of Defence. On 3 March 2005, Parliament elected Wilson as their new Speaker over candidacies by Clem Simich from the New Zealand National Party and Ken Shirley from the ACT Party. Wilson became New Zealand's first female speaker. After the 2005 elections, she was re-elected to the position unopposed."

The Veteran said...

Alwyn (and Graeme) ... TY. I stand corrected but resile not one bit from the thrust of my comment and more so since you Graeme quite rightly reminded us of Peter's double standards re Donnelly although I must say I do not put him in the same class as Hunt.

Anon 10.44 ... 'double dipping' ... so, by your definition anyone in receipt of any sort of pension cannot hold a Govt appointment. Interesting, by your logic WRP in receipt of a Parliamentary Pension (taken following his 2008 defeat) and NZ Superannuation (because like me he is an old bugga) should not be in Parliament?

Anon 10.49. So What?

The Veteran said...

Noel ... agreed. See above. Doesn't change Peter's cant and hubris to which Graeme has quite rightly added double standards.

Baxter said...

Given the recent treasonable activity of Diplomatic Staff reporting confidential matters to Phil Goff instead of Murray McCully the Government probably felt they needed some-one not opposed to their policies in London.
I agree Winston is a bitter vindictive garrulous old fool.