Kiwiblog speculates this morning that the decision by Margaret Wilson that there is a question of privilege in Winston Peters's Owen Glenn donation may hasten the calling of the election. DPF considers that the PM would not be keen to have Owen Glenn appear before the Privileges Committee, and for good reason. In addition, it is unlikely that the case could then be concluded prior to the election, and when the 48th Parliament is dissolved for the election, so will the allegations against Peters. They cannot be re-laid when the new Parliament comes together.
This would be advantageous to the PM, as the polls suggest that she will need friends if her quest for a fourth term is to be fruitful. By getting Peters out of his current "problem", she would have a friend for life!
However the highlight of the thread comes with this comment from Homepaddock:
" This could be why she hasn’t named the date - it allows her to go earlier if she feels the need to do so. The election is dateless because she’s desperate."
Helen Clark - desperate and dateless - well done Homepaddock!