Winston Peters, the man who took donations, failed to declare them, lied about receiving them and then lied to a Privileges Committee is upset over what he and others have suggested is political corruption.
He is perhaps uniquely qualified to recognise it.
NZ First leader Winston Peters is calling on Speaker David Carter to explain why he went against standing orders in Parliament today and would boycott Parliament until he did.
NZ First MPs and Labour’s Trevor Mallard have walked out of Parliament in protest after Speaker David Carter allowed United Future MP Peter Dunne to keep the extra funding and entitlements that come with being a party leader, despite the de-registration of his party.
Mr Carter announced the decision today but both Labour and NZ First objected, saying if Mr Dunne’s party was not registered then it clearly did not meet the rules required for those resources.
Mr Peters said it was a shabby day for democracy in New Zealand.
“We’re not going to stand by and allow this make-it-up-as-you-go-along behaviour.”
He said he’d walked out of Parliament with his MPs because he considered the Speaker’s to be serious misconduct.
No rush to fix that then.
Could take a year to sort out.
Wins all round