Winston Peters ‘not genuine’ in coalition talks – Judith Collins
Judith Collins says the post-election negotiations between her party and Winston Peters appear to have been a fraud.
It was revealed on Thursday the New Zealand First leader’s legal action against journalists, the head of the Ministry of Social Development, a number of National MPs and their staff was filed the day before the General Election, which was held on September 23.
I can’t believe the ridiculous argument National are trying to push that because Winston planned legal acton against them, that makes his negotiations in bad faith.
Hold on – THEY had just released Winston’s personal details regarding his Super overpayment in an attempt to kill NZ First off in a wave of hypocrisy yet THEY are the ones complaining about bad faith?
They sat there at that negotiating table knowing they had purposely abused state power to politically humiliate him, aren’t National the ones dripping in bad faith here?
Talking to insiders at the negotiating process, what National failed to comprehend was that Winston wanted actual change to the neoliberal state. all National kept doing throughout the negotiations was writing bigger and bigger cheques for Winston to cash.
They didn’t understand the heart of the man they were negotiating with because their own limited view of the world involves self bribery that blinds them to principle.
My thoughts on Winston’s legal gambit are mixed.
He is a Minister now, threatening to heavy journalists is not consistent with a liberal democracy. He needs to drop his demands on the two journalists immediately. It is embarrassing that he has gone down that path.
As for going after the politicians he blames, sure, let him fire up. It’ll keep National nervous and flinchy when ever he stands, so I like that, but the timing was inexcusable. Labour needs far more of a heads up when Winston plans his side fights.
This is the right thing to do, but he needs to plan closer with Labour about what he’s doing (through backchannels off course) and he needs to stop questioning the journalists.
The outrageous manner in which public servants alerted their political masters to a situation this large and for those Senior Ministers who have a history of leaking personal details like this to the media to get away with an obvious abuse of power demands justice.
All power to Winston’s arm in dealing to this type of dirty politics.
Just stop attacking the Journalists.