As usual Winston Raymond Peters mud-slinging has ended up all over him as once again he gets his facts wrong.
In the house today he twice accused Craig Foss of something he himself is guilty of and that is not declaring an interest in something.
“Rt Hon Winston Peters: Would the Prime Minister take a different view if she, knowing that a declaration in respect of pecuniary interests had been required of a member of Parliament, checked that declaration and found that a company shareholdership of 2,524,750 shares in the name of Craig Foss was undeclared?”
“Rt Hon Winston Peters: Is the Prime Minister aware that I made the same offer to Mr Key that I made to the Prime Minister in respect of this matter, and I am still waiting for a phone call; second, if Mr Foss MP has a shareholdership of 2,524,750 shares in a company formed in the year 2000, how could he have failed to declare that, and what does Mr Key have to say about that?
Then he tabled the Companies Office records of Cynotech Holding Limited as if to prove that Craig Foss had lied in his declaration of pecuniary interests.
Unfortunately for Winston Raymond Peters he has added two and two and got 27. If you go through the annual reports for Cynotech Holdings Limited you can clearly see that the shareholdings as listed at the Companies Office are in the name of a trust and Craig is but one of the trustees of that Trust which incidentally he DID declare an interest in for the MP’s Register of Pecuniary Interests. So you see Craig Foss can’t actually declare an interest in something he doesn’t have an interest in, the Trust has the interest, not Craig Foss. Craig Foss though does have an interest in the trust that holds those shares AND he has declared that.
Winston should also do some basic fact checking. Even though the Companies Office record for Cynotech Holdings Limited shows Craig Foss as a shareholder (in his capacity as a Trustee), if you search shareholders for Craig Foss you see all of the companies that he actually has shares in, those companies are all in the register as well.
Now onto Winston Raymond Peters. Where is his declaration of “hundreds of thousands of dollars”, his words, in legal fees paid out his own pocket. He hasn’t earned hundred of thousands of dollars so the only way he could have paid those bills was from donations which he has never declared. Nor is there a benficial interest in the Spencer Trust or any other Trust formed for the payment or laundering money to Winston Raymond Peters.
As Winston said in the house today, Oh Oh!