On 14 December 2007, Winston Peters made a speech to Nelson GreyPower. He made a case for NZ First's support of the Electoral Finance Act. The speech is freely available on NZ First's website. Here's what he said (my emphasis added):
"That brings me to the latest chapter in the history of this sorry business – the Electoral Finance Bill.
You must be wondering what all the fuss was about.
It is simply this - if we do not learn from our mistakes we are bound to repeat them and that is why we supported this legislation.
The crux of the debate – which was never properly explained in the media – was that it was never about freedom of speech – it was about the freedom of this small clique of well financed, ideologically driven elitists to buy speech and drown out dissenting voices.
It is a new, insidious and imported style of politics and it is not the New Zealand way.
New Zealand First has experienced this first hand on many occasions.
That is why the Electoral Finance Bill was needed.
But rest assured, ordinary New Zealanders can still say what you like, do what you like, protest, shout, chant slogans and walk to the steps of parliament or whatever.
Those who are part of this largely foreign owned clique who have pillaged our economy since 1984 cannot buy the next election!
It is not for sale and they will be stopped in their tracks!"
My question to Winston Peters in light of this weekend's revelations - When he talks about "well-financed, idealogically driven elitists", is he referring to Owen G Glenn ONZOM?