Obviously Winston Peters ‘fuck off and die you lying vermin’ routine has been really effective at getting the media to cut him some slack: I can’t wait to see how well it will play with the Serious Fraud Office.
As Peters looks set to bring his second government coalition in a decade crashing down around his ears its worth taking the time to just stop and admire how totally pointless this whole debacle is. It was not illegal for Peters to accept a $100,000 donation from Owen Glenn, but when the New Zealand Herald published an article alleging that he had done so he decided to to deny everything and demand that the editor and political editor of the Herald resign. He then went on to cheerfully nurture feuds and vendetta’s with some of the most formidable investigative journalists in the country; even though he knew that the stories they were publishing about him were true he denied them and then threw temper tantrums every time more evidence emerged.
Although this is a financial scandal in a superficial sense the real engine of Peters destruction is his vanity: we now know that Clark has known about Glenn’s donation since February; she is smart enough to have seen this coming.
Its not hard to imagine Clark remonstrating with Peters and getting the same run-around he’s given the country (‘there was no donation to me; the donation was to my lawyer’) with Peters eventually losing his temper and telling Clark to support him or lose his vote and have the country go to the polls while she was twenty points behind. The past few months must have looked to her like a slow-motion car-crash with Winstons drunken ego in the drivers seat.