Peters, Labour pressure Key for wider Dirty Politics inquiry

Published: 5:28AM Tuesday September 02, 2014 Source: ONE News

Winston Peters is demanding John Key set up a wide-ranging inquiry into the Dirty Politics scandal.
Mr Key announced today that a retired will head the inquiry to investigate matters relating to Judith Collins, who resigned as a minister at the weekend.
But the New Zealand First leader has made a Royal Commission of Inquiry into all the issues raised in the Dirty Politics book a bottom line for any post-election coalition deal.

"It's a clear as daylight we will not work with any party that does not think there should be a full scale inquiry now," Mr Peters said.

This makes a deal with NZ First more problematic for Mr Key who doesn't think there should be a full-scale inquiry. Instead his investigation will just focus on allegations that Ms Collins, when police minister, was in on a smear campaign against the head of the Serious Fraud Office, Adam Feely.

But Mr Key pointed out how the NZ First leader said in 2005 that he wouldn't accept the baubles of office but was driving around in a government limousine the following year.

Meanwhile, Labour's David Parker has also complained to police about Ms Collins, Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater, and Mr Key's staffer Jason Ede who's alleged to have accessed a Labour database and boasted about not being caught.

The New Zealand Herald claims to have messages between Ms Collins and Mr Slater discussing the leak of a police video showing those at the centre of the Urawera raids in action. Ms Collins and Mr Slater both claim the message are forgeries.

One expert, Daniel Ayers, Director of Special Tactics, says it would be hard to prove the authenticity of the messages.

"You wouldn't be able to tell from the messages themselves, you'd have to rely on context," he told ONE News.