Hell hath no fury like a Winston warned


Winston Peters is going to get medieval on who ever leaked his information to the media.

He is an old school gangster who knows where half the bodies are buried because he’s put them there. The laziness of this assassination attempt and the enormous public backlash it is forming actually risks eclipsing Labour.

Luckily for Jacinda, the debates are looming and that media lens will squeeze Winston out, but there is no question that this has erupted and given Winston maximum exposure and sympathy.

The irony of this #motherofallscandals that Tim ‘Editor who cried scandal’ Murphy was boasting about isn’t Winston’s supposed crime, it was how senior Public Servants broke the law to help National to manipulate the media into attacking him.

Tim’s tweet is the most credibility eroding statement out of the fledgling Newsroom whom to date had been so fervent in their status as the new standard for Journalism. It’s like the first time you were disappointed with The Spinoff. Meanwhile I was releasing a story regarding police mass surveillance of 100 000+ NZers and their illegal actions against me as part of a wider narrative of the State strangling off critical voices. But you know, #MotherOfAllScandals.

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Amen Brother.

This has become the Mother of all scandals because of the outrageous politicisation of the public service and the viciousness of the Government to use these types of tactics.

Meanwhile, No one can talk about Paula Bennett..

So Anne Tolley said nothing. Paula Bennett said nothing and Wayne Eagleson said nothing.

So we are to believe that National sat on this information about Winston and did nothing despite the PM’s Office colluding with the SIS to falsely undermine the Leader of the Opposition months before the 2011 election. This despite Paula Bennett releasing detailed information about beneficiaries who were complaining about her draconian welfare system. This despite Paula Bennet saying she would release private information again even after the Human Rights Commission ruled against her and said she couldn’t do that. This despite all the evidence that this type of dirty politics is exactly what National do.

Despite all that we are to believe National on this occasion are as innocent as the driven snow?

As right wing blogger Richard Harman points out using late night revelations…

  • Why did Social Welfare Minister Anne Tolley hold a second meeting to discuss Peters’ private pension details when the first clearly breached the Privacy Act.
  • Why did the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, Wayne Eagleson, not brief the Prime Minister on the matter and why did he not counsel Tolley not to hold the second meeting.
  • Why did the State Services Commissioner, Peter Hughes, brief State Services Minister Paula Bennett on the matter?

Add to this the latest revelation from this morning that Paula Bennett spoke with Anne Tolley – where is that in the timeline? Why hasn’t that been added?

Did Paula meet at the second meeting with Tolley to discuss this?

I think this smear against Winston was launched to bury the information that Bill English’s Office threw everything they could at the Police to censor and hide his involvement in their inquiry.

I’ve listed the reasons why the Todd Barclay affair is the only political story around, but let’s point it out again.

  • Barclay lied for months about secretly taping a staff member, Bill English first didn’t know anything, then did know something, then questioned if any such tape even existed and then admitted to being asked to listen to the tape that never existed while National Party Board members bullied staff and made veiled threats.
  • On top of that, English fought tooth and nail to hide his involvement and leaned on the Police to ensure that happened.
  • Oh and it turns out Bill sent 450 text messages to the staff member in question but he “wasn’t involved”.

And why did Bill protect Todd? The answer is obvious.

National only had the barest of majorities in Parliament, here is a list of the legislation National have managed to pass by protecting Barclay…

  • Housing Legislation Amendment Bill
  • Social Security (Extension of Young Persons Services and Remedial Matters) Amendment Bill
  • Trade (Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties) Amendment Bill
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill
  • Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill (National Party members bill)
  • Social Security (Stopping Benefit Payments for Offenders who Repeatedly Fail to Comply with Community Sentences) Amendment Bill (National Party members bill)
  • Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill
  • Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2)
  • Employment Relations (Allowing Higher Earners to Contract Out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill (National Party members bill)

…this protection of Barclay has occurred because it allowed National to keep passing law. This abuse of power has occurred to protect National’s political agenda.

That’s political corruption.

This is why we need a new Government.




  1. And yet apparently Winston says he is still open to forming a government with National.
    Are we missing something here?

    • @ MIKE THE LEFTY … yes I read this on the RNZ website. Unbelievable really considering what’s gone down recently! The main reason I cannot bring myself to vote NZF! Winston can’t be trusted!

      Another WTF moment in this colourful and unpredictable election campaign.

    • like a poker player Winston has a commitment in principle to not calling until after the ELection…for him each party should stand on their own merits until after the Election…when the call is made

      …has he criticised/undermined the Greens or Labour?

      …all his attacks have been on Nactional

      ( unlike the Greens who have had a concerted campaign of attacks against him and NZF)

  2. +100…good Post…and it should be more obvious than ever that NZF wont be helping Nactional form a government

    ….so ELECTION won for Labour, NZF and Greens

  3. We are in a prison without a voice martyn, aren’t we all now ?

    This is simply a media generated horrible silence of complicit media haplessness ability to have critical analysis cast upon these rogues who perpetrate these criminal acts against our “free electoral process” without any consequences.

    Even the Electoral commissioner should be attacked for his complacency here!!!!!

    Winston must be beside himself as he would never have seen this naked perversion used against a duly elected candidate of our electoral system!!!!!!

    If this crooked connived, rotten, perverted government can rig this election in such a naked aggressive manner using all our agencies power against our elected MP’s then national are perverting the course of justice and our democracy so we we now in a very dark worse place than ever seen before.

    If Winston is now feeling like me with ‘despair’ for our loss of a free fair election from happening this time then no=one can blame him from choosing any way to get into government with whomever!!!!

    And this should adequately answer MIKE THE LEFTY’s question, “are we missing something here”

    Please all say positive all my comrades as negativity kills.

    I hope and pray hard Winston saves us all as he has the key to unlock our bondage and remember how many times winston has been dumped upon by others in Government, and has comeback from defeat to be with us now.

  4. If this National party assault on Winston Peters using a ‘black opp’s hit on our democracy & our Electoral system is not shown as being viciously attacked by our media in the some ‘vicious’ manner as we have just witnessed in USA over the ‘alleged’ “Russian interference in the US elections” then we can reasonably assume it was a media beat up using collusion with the National Party also.

    This is a clear message we need to keep aware of from now going forward.

  5. There is one possibly valid reason for the MSD and Peter Hughes to have informed National persons about Winston Peters’ over-payment, and that is self-protection if the MSD thought it was likely that they, the MSD, could be in the firing line from Peters for stuffing up his NZ Super application and payments.

    Most people messed around by the MSD are too traumatised and intimidated to respond effectively, but not Peters; the fact that the MSD went running off to Peter Hughes etc is quite possibly because they thought that they could be in trouble.

    Meanwhile hopeless media get the goss and think that Peters is in trouble, and the vile Dirty Tricks brigade responsible for feeding them this info, are too dim to see the implications of their own tawdry behaviour – they got away with it in the last election – this is the new norm, dirty.

  6. The instruction no doubt were given to leak this information but it wont lead back to the instigators it never does.

    Keys dirty tricks brigade took the fall so that no trail could lead back to the shyster himself.

    These people are clever and devious and will destroy anybody who is a threat.

  7. The Media, from comments all round know very well the Nats were at the heart of the leak, whoever did the actual phoning.

    They skip round it for various reasons, good or bad.

    Looks like the calculation was this this sort of thing did for Metiria, scaring the judgmental Right away from the Greens, so why not try it on the 40% of Winnie’s mob who might otherwise vote Blue.

    We’ll see how well the strategy works shortly. But I must say the signs are not good for the plan to work.

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