The National Party better start running now, Winston’s coming!
It is now abundantly clear that the National Party leaked personal details about Winston Peters to hostile media
Does it grate having a rich old man draw a pension when the Metiria’s of the world are forced to steal to live?
Yes, yes it does.
But that’s the reality of universal provision of social services. Some benefit greatly so that all can benefit. This shouldn’t get twisted into an asset testing debate, that level of privilege needs to be extended down to everyone, not just pensioners. We shouldn’t allow our distaste of Winston’s kid glove treatment compared with Metiria’s lynching to blind us to what’s really going on here.
Anne Tolley was tipped off about Winston’s Super issues, but his Super issues have the sacrosanct level of privacy his medical records have so why the hell the Government were told about his Super issues would be as questionable as being told about his health issues.
It now turns out that the Chief of Staff was then told of this and surprise, surprise someone leaked to Lloyd Burr.
This is a Government who colluded with the Secret Intelligence Service months before the 2011 election to falsely smear Phil Goff, does anyone honestly think they wouldn’t breach every rule of privacy to smear Winston Peters?
If this Government was prepared to collude with the state spies to destroy a political enemy, they wouldn’t blink twice about releasing information like this.
The backlash against this I think will be extreme.
Winston looks like the victim of a smear, Lloyd Burr and Patrick Gower are universally disliked anyway and are easy to paint out as the problem while National look desperately vile .
This is going to see Winston go on the war path against National and almost certainly rules National out as a coalition partner post the election.
Winston takes this shit personally and he is going to go nuclear on National.
If you come for Winston, you best take him out with the first shot – using a Lloyd Burr just won’t do