This morning on TV3, Chris Trotter conceded that Winston is in the poo - and after likening Winston's treatment by the media to gangrape, that's a big concession. Leaving aside Trotter's choice of metaphor, I'm not sure why he and others ever defended Peters - others including Peter Williams QC, who rather righteously claimed Winnie is the victim of a politically motivated campaign to damage him.
From where I'm standing, this looks like an instance in which the media has done its job. Winston consolidated his career by making spurious attacks on Asian immigrants. Shouldn't this have been a giveaway that personal integrity is not his strong suit? Mike Moore recently stated, 'I'm guilty of forgiving, even covering up for, Winston Peters over the years.' And why did Moore and others turn a blind eye to Winston's misdemeanours? Because he's a 'good bloke to have a beer with', apparently.
MMP requires parties to work with others they may not have much philosophical sympathy with. It makes for strange bedfellows, but surely these bedfellows don't need to show too much enthusiasm between the sheets - and certainly not to the point of ignoring dodginess? I'm particularly confused as to why Moore would ever have covered up for Winston, since the two were political opponents. Obviously, Labour's coalition relationship with NZ First came into being after Moore left the scene.
I can't help but be a bit annoyed with those who have encouraged us to look the other way while Winne has been going about his shenanigans. Lord knows they're certainly distancing themselves from him now.
And I don't like to sound curmedgeonly, but the tale of Mike Williams, taking calls from the Prime Minister on Owen Glenn's yacht, kind of irks me. I don't expect the Prime Minister to carry my furniture into my home in the manner of Michael Joseph Savage, but arranging six figure donations during a retreat on a millionaire's yacht suggests a lifestyle distant from that of Jo/anne average.