WINSTON PETERS: Another dirty deed unearthed
Dirty deeds the government would like to think have been buried long ago are coming back to haunt them.
And Bill English hasn’t been sleeping well this past week. You can see it in his face – more bags under his eyes. The public are waking up to realise the image National tries to promote, “Honest Bill,” is wrong.
He’s “Dodgy Bill.”
The National dirty deed unearthed this week, thanks to the persistence of the media, concerned American billionaire Peter Thiel who fluttered banknotes in front of John Key and Bill English’s eyes and got a New Zealand passport quick smart in 2011.
The media asked Internal Affairs how long Mr Thiel had spent in the country. A buzzer went off in the Beehive and the word went back to Internal Affairs - “tell them to buzz off.”
The media persisted and asked the Ombudsman to intervene. The information was duly released, without any government intervention, and we learned Mr Thiel, citizen of New Zealand, has spent the grand total of 12 days on our soil.
Asked about this, Nathan Guy who as Immigration Minister approved making Mr Thiel a Kiwi, said he had no recollection.
When his memory was finally revived he said Mr Thiel had invested in New Zealand, had a reach into Silicon Valley and had been a wonderful ambassador for New Zealand.
There was no detail given of course, although we have since learned Mr Thiel made massive profits of $23 million on one deal at the New Zealand taxpayers’ expense.
By his standards the investments are also very small change.
Furthermore, there is no clear evidence to show he has been a great ambassador or even an ambassador for New Zealand.