Well I’m pleased and grateful to admit that I was wrong and the Privileges Committee did find against Winston Peters. I only saw a portion of the evidence and being a frog rather than lawyer obviously did not weight it properly.
It was disappointing to see that the committee voted along party lines. It would be nice to think that our leaders could sit down with legal advice and weigh evidence impartially, but their vote suggests not. It’s interesting though that the three parties that are politically disinterested in the outcome, United Future, the Maori Party and the Greens, all voted the same way and, in the end, seem to have been the deciding votes. To me Russell Fairbrother’s defence to Radio New Zealand this morning of Labour’s bloc vote on the committee was a weak one – further implications that Owen Glenn was lying, but without anything to indicate that to be the case.
It does make me wonder weather the Team LPG fanboiz should really be getting so grumpy at Green supporters for not wanting to declare our undying love to Helen Clark and Labour. Because it seems from its recent behaviour that Labour has already found its preferred coalition partner, and it’s Winston Peters, come what may. But then I guess Labour doesn’t have so much to gain from a internet campaign for Team LNZF?