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August 29, 2008

House of Cards

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 6:28 am
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Are you still the Foreign Minister?

Are you still the Foreign Minister?

I think there’s still a chance that Clark won’t sack Peters; its important to bear in mind that neither of them think they’ve done anything wrong: this is all just a big media beat-up, a conspiracy to get honest Winston Peters out of power and the Serious Fraud Office investigation is just that department taking revenge on the government for closing it down. It’s all that horrible Rodney Hide’s fault and we all know he’s in the pocket of big business. Surely we can’t let them and the National Party win?

So I still think its possible Clark won’t sack her Foreign Minister. If she does there is a chance he will not try to bring down the government, but a very small one. While most politicians believe parliament is there to serve the public and pass laws, Peters knows it is there to provide him with a handsome salary, a crown limousine and a staff of flunkies. If it is no longer performing that function then it has ceased to have any purpose and there’s no point in continuing to support it.

Still, at Winston’s age politicians do have one eye on the history book: of course he’ll be remembered as one of the great lawmakers and statesmen of our age, and indeed all time – on the other hand, bringing down two governments in ten years might not look that great in the footnotes.

UPDATE:

Peters has announced he will not stand down; this suggests that he will pull the plug if Clark sacks him. The Dom-Post has Peters comments:

[Peters] said unnamed groups were organising a plot against him and that the SFO was part of it.

He said if the SFO had talked to him he would have convinced them in five minutes” that he was not breaking the law.

Challenged on his claims that the SFO was plotting against him, he shot back saying what other explanation could there be.

Why would they never ever come and talk to me if they had an intention of coming to talk to me?”

He said Wellington’s Dominion Post was part of the malevolent planning strategy” and he would not stand down in the face of a kangaroo court of public opinion, organised by the media in this country and others, and accept that this is the kind of society we live with…

The public has been most vilely misinformed.”

Spare a thought for Helen Clark this morning as she tries to salvage her political future while reasoning with this deluded maniac.

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5 Comments »

  1. Does she have a political future? Certainly not in New Zealand if she doesn’t Stand Down Peters, as she has every other Minister being investigated by ‘the law’. But usually not in the event of being a Leader who Failed at an election. (Sorry, that should read ‘didn’t achieve’.)

    Maybe ‘deputy assistant sub commissioner for carbon emission reduction’ at the UN is politics! Who knows?

    Comment by shocked and stunned — August 29, 2008 @ 9:34 am

  2. One of the downsides of MMP is the need to form coalitions with whoever is there to amke up the numbers, and this flim-flam man has had way too much power through this electoral process.

    No, I don’t want to go back to FPP, but this really shows up one of the weaknesses of this system.

    Comment by Michael Stevens — August 29, 2008 @ 9:53 am

  3. Has Clark ever actually said that she wants to work at the UN?

    Comment by stephen23 — August 29, 2008 @ 11:17 am

  4. “Spare a thought for Helen Clark this morning as she tries to salvage her political future while reasoning with this deluded maniac.”

    I did. It wasn’t pretty.

    “Has Clark ever actually said that she wants to work at the UN?”

    No, it was a même circulated at the time of Kofi Annan’s retirement. It’s so silly that no-one takes it seriously, apart from a few deluded maniacs. A few years ago it looked possible that she would take a Bruntland style post-PM position, but her reputation as a capable, inspirational and idealistic leader has worn off. She could still go for a job with an international organisation after this, perhaps the WHO or similar.

    Comment by georgedarroch — August 29, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  5. Thought so. Cheers.

    Comment by Stephen — August 29, 2008 @ 7:16 pm


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