Winston Peters has a political legacy of being against something and then miraculously, after a few fact finding “meetings”, being for it.
Let’s look at his history.
We need to go back to 2003 and the scampi quota allocation and subsequent parliamentary select committee enquiry where initially Winston took one side of the argument accusing various players of corruption and made a big song and dance and then later flip flopped over it.
Then he even sued David Carter for defamation over comments regarding his multiple positions on the issue and lost, and had to pay considerable costs to David Carter as a result.
Then of course was his massive state subsidy package of the racing industry to improve stakes for the industry. Now, Winston Peters has always been a big fan of racing and horses so there is no direct flip flop there but what was undeclared at the time of his massive subsidy for racing interests was the fact that NZ First had a massive undeclared donation from the Vela family who have substantial interests in the racing industry as well as, coincidentally, fishing.
When asked about those donations he lied to journalists.
Following that was the revelation he took money from Owen Glenn and was actively lobbying for him to be appointed Honorary Consul for Monaco. Again there was an undeclared donation from Owen Glenn and again Winston Peters lied to the media and worse to a Privileges Committee about it. He faced the embarrassment of the Labour members having to defend him, Owen Glenn providing documentary evidence contradicting his position on donations and a minority finding that censured him.Â Read more »