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.
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.