Meanwhile ACT leader Rodney Hide has revealed there is more to his Serious Fraud Office complaint against Mr Peters and New Zealand First than was previously known. While he will not give specifics on what the information is, he maintains it is serious. Mr Hide says he would have been very surprised if the SFO had decided not to investigate after receiving it.
This one has snuck under the radar just a little. Sure, Rodney might be playing election mindgames, but it was he who has pushed the envelope on all Winston Peters's and NZ First's alleged dodgy dealings. And if he has given the SFO enough rope to hang Winston Peters, politically speaking of course, he will have done us all a favour.
And by way of an update, Rodney Hide has put out a media release this morning denouncing "Cullen/Peters' Mugabe tactics" in criticising the SFO - here's a teaser:
ACT Leader Rodney Hide today called on Prime Minister Helen Clark to condemn Winston Peters' attack on the integrity of the Serious Fraud Office and Attorney-General Dr Michael Cullen's failure to express confidence in SFO Director Grant Liddell.
"Our senior Ministers are now publicly bullying independent investigators who are attempting to do a difficult job in trying circumstances. It's a political tactic designed to make the SFO back off its investigations into Mr Peters - a tactic sanctioned by Helen Clark," Mr Hide said."Kiwis want honest government, Ministers held to account by the same laws as the rest of us, and a fearlessly independent civil service and police force. We don't want our civil service and police politically-cowed, Mugabe-style, or guilt and truth dictated by our Prime Minister."
On ya Rodney!