No rush, take your time Peter

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


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  • johnbronkhorst

    Gives us time to get used to a post 2014 parliament…….one without peters!!!

  • David Carter missed a trick this afternoon. He should have told Peters that he would pass the information on to him when Peters presented a receipt to the Speaker’s Office from Parliamentary Services confirming that Peters had paid back the $158k he has owed the taxpayer since 2005 (plus interest at 5%). The look on Peters face would have been worth seeing!

  • Pete George

    Once again Peters is making claims and accusations that ignore facts.Probably deliberately. The registration issue doesn’t go back to the election as Peters is trying to say, it goes back to last Friday, and the Electoral Commission has confirmed they are not concerned about anything before that.

    It’s been a very shabby two weeks in Parliament where Peters has been making false accusations while abusing parliamentary privilege.

    I don’t know if Peters is getting more blatantly dishonest or more senile. Perhaps both.

  • Justsayn

    Go on, fuck off then Winnie. Who gives a shit. Go out the back and have a smoke while Andrew pisses in your pocket.

  • Col

    Winny the story teller.
    The book has a hard cover and nothing in it.

  • Apolonia

    Where’s the $158,000 Winston?
    You haven’t paid it back yet.

  • peterwn

    UnitedFuture party officials have acted with complete integrity here so fair’s fair that Mr Speaker gave them a reasonable opportunity to sort things out befor taking action. I suspect a Labour speaker would have granted UnitedFuture a similar indulgance.

    Anyway, who cares? – this is merely a beltway issue. The sun will rise in Auckland ttomorrow.

    • Peej

      Do the rules say that in the circumstances such as those United Future find themselves in, that they are given a period of time to sort themselves out and even though legally they don’t exist in parliament, everything, including funding, carries on as usual?

      • mike

        There are no rules about this… it’s a completely new issue. Another great shining example of how crap MMP is.

        • GazzW

          Just make up the rules as you go.

  • Rodger T

    Winnie the Shit should just fuck off,but I guess expecting the countries longest serving media whore beneficiary to do the right thing is just a hope too far.

  • Phar Lap

    The question might be to Peters ,prove to the nation that there are 500 paid up members in NZ First.Would be a surprise if there were.Peters knows the truth about his own party not validating,and is deflecting away from his own little group of arse holes.Peters and the other drop kick from Lie-bour ,think he goes under the name of Mallard a well known long past his right to get paid 200K a year from NZ taxpayer for grandstanding..

  • JeffDaRef

    Ask Mallard what the difference is between UF doing the right thing and requesting to be de-registered, and Labour’s union mates who disregard the legal requirements of being an incorporated society….
    And is there any truth to the rumour that the UF membership secretary is the same person who coordinated the petition signatures?

  • Bryan

    well don’t hurry carter take your time next year after the election will do and under the rules does winston’s mob get paid while they are deliberately not turning up to parliment as they were elected to do it would be interesting to know

  • JC

    Well, it looks like I will be a registered UF member by the weekend. There’s always a practical solution…


    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      OK with you and Done Deal Dunne, there will be two….just kidding. I like Done Deal Done. He should listen to my advice that he joins with John Banks and Colin Craig to form “United Conservative ACT”. They will be guaranteed at least 4 MPs minimum.

      • Cadwallader

        How about Conservative United New Team? Great acronym!

  • Mediaan

    I’m wondering what would have happened if it had been one of the Maori Party leaders in that position. My guess is, nothing. Same ruling, but zero fuss from the do-nothing benches. Nobody said a word when Alamein Kopu didn’t turn up to Parliament to do any work for months at a time, but kept taking the salary.