It Was The 2008 Election Winston! Let it Go

You may recall the Vogels advert where the guy is talking about his missus burning his Vogels toast.  She is in the background and says “It was a year ago Michael, Let it go.”  It seems to me Winnie has not got over the 2008 election and is now trying to exact Utu.  He needs to let it go, build a bridge and get over it.

As expected (by me at least) once Winston had secured the baubles of office we would hear very little from him and he would quietly go about his portfolio business and be loyal to the coalition. And by and large, that is what has happened.

I was a little surprised as I was glued to my TV screen mesmerised by Waitangi Day celebrations [sarcasm] to see Winston pop up and be interviewed on Air New Zealand bringing Barack Obama to New Zealand.  What the? What has that got to do with Waitangi Day?  Why would Winston even entertain engaging with the media, it is head down bum up and keep a low profile, unless of course, Winston instigated the interview?

Ohhhh, hold on, Sir John Key is a director of Air New Zealand and he got to play golf with Barack while Winston was unemployed.  So, Winston takes an interest in an issue that is outside of his portfolios but an issue he can legitimately raise.  Although, as the Government is a shareholder of Air New Zealand I do think they should leave the directors of Air New Zealand to make commercial decisions.  I also get political utu, but against someone who is no longer in Parliament and that the public has largely moved on from?  There is no political capital to be made here.  Seems to me to be just pure personal revenge.  Oh well, good luck with that Winston.

And then, I awoke this morning and as my routine dictates, I commenced my day with some comic relief, reading the Herald online. You have got to be kidding me!  The headline “Kim Dotcom heading for Court as Winston Peters Seeks Answers”.  Winston “insists the public has yet to be told about Kim Dotcom’s case.”  Winston said, “he remained disbelieving of the claim by former Prime Minister, Sir John Key, that he knew nothing of Dotcom until the day before the raid.”  Winston also states, “There were substantial breaches of the law that occurred.  Nobody has taken responsibility for it.” Oh come on, are you serious?

I totally understand attacks on political opponents and holding politicians to account, particularly those with ministerial responsibility.  I also get utu.  But on someone who is no longer in Parliament and no longer registers in the public’s mind?  This is not political utu it is personal revenge.  There is no political interest in this, in the same way as the Saudi Sheep saga has died with Murray McCully’s retirement from Parliament.  There is just no political capital to be made from that now.  What is Winston going to achieve, expose Sir John Key as a fraud and get his knighthood removed?  I doubt it.

Worse than that, Winston has now provided a fresh platform for Kim Dotcom to drag out extradition.  Thanks, Winston.

This guy can hold a grudge, a huge grudge.  The problem with being overcome with huge grudges is that it can seriously affect your perspective and judgment.

So Winston, seriously, it was the 2008 election, let it go.

 

by The Undertaker


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