Can Winston Peters, as he has done so often before, confound his critics? He has been under intense pressure over revelations in Matt Shand’s Stuff reports on donations channelled through the NZ First Foundation Trust.
But Peters insists the Electoral Commission, after investigating questions about loans made to the NZ First Party by the foundation will find that everything is in order.
And even if the commission were to find there has been a breach, could it derail NZ First? Or its leader?
After all, Peters has been here before—and survived.
Here at Point of Order we do not pretend to be experts on the ethics of political donations to NZ First any more than of those to other political parties. Or, for that matter, charging $1500 to those who want to attend a dinner in the presence of the PM?
What counts for the majority of voters when they cast their ballots is what, if anything, politicians have accomplished. Or what they promise.
Dispassionate observers looking at how Peters has performed both as deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs would mark him well. Continue reading “Funding fuss must be weighed against Peters’ ministerial performance – and on the world stage he has been acclaimed”