Will he negotiate with Bill or will he demand a new National party leader

Winston Peters has written an opinion piece at Radio LIVE:

It’s a simple New Zealand story of a younger politician, a crime, a leader and hush money.

In Britain there would be big, bold and black headlines:

“PM’s bag of cash buries MP’s crime”

The PM would be gone.

Bill English remains despite making false claims he had no knowledge of a secret and illegal recording made by Todd Barclay, the MP for Clutha Southland.

He told the media and he told Parliament he had no involvement in the Barclay debacle.

None of this was true.

The evidence being his police statement, and his written text messages.

The PM knew of a crime. He helped cover it up by paying off the complainant out of the Prime Minister’s taxpayer-funded budget. He allowed the MP to continue to deny the recordings.

He should go.

There would have been a sense of unease at the National Party conference in Wellington this weekend.

Who would have thought the farmer from Dipton, with such long service in Parliament, would have stooped so low. Then again, Mr English denied for a long time that he shouldn’t be claiming about $1000 a week to live in his own home in Wellington nearly a decade ago. For this he deserved the mantle, the Double Dipper from Dipton.

This is a most simple political scandal:

1. An MP illegally recorded the communications of others; that was the first crime;
2. His superiors learned about it and arranged a confidentiality settlement where the breach of privacy crime was the critical element of that;
3. The police were involved in the complaint;
4. Mr Barclay and his superiors were then involved in an attempt to obstruct the course of justice. That is also a crime;
5. They used taxpayers’ money to do so;
6. This was not a normal industrial relations dispute.

All well and good, but will Winston Peters refuse to negotiate with Bill English and insist National caucus choose a new leader?



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