Winston's discursive rebuttal on RNZ this morning was tragic. His answer to Sir Bob Jones' earlier interview where Jones said that he had received only two communications with NZ First about which rabbit hole his $25k NZ First donation went - and both were completely unsatisfactory to him - was for Winston to claim (as he has previously) that an upstanding guy that they both know has seen the books and has vouched for it - and that Jones had been assured by this character that it's all above board. Listen to the linked audio - Jones is adamant the only thing he has been told about it was unsatisfactory: they "dodged the issue". Jones did say he had a telephone conversation with him a week or so ago, but:
"it was more to rant about the scampi thing"
According to Winston, Bob Jones is wrong and a liar, Owen Glenn is wrong and a liar, and everyone else - at this rate - who are trying to get to the bottom of his slush funds are wrong, liars and have secret agendas. He said he'd clear it up with the SFO "in five minutes". The question is: can he clear it up with the PM in five minutes? Everyone reckons he'll be forced to resign today. That, however, has never been Winston's style. He likes a blaze of glory. How can he engineer it?
He sounded rather tired in that interview.
OK, Obama will be making his speech to the convention now. It's hard to compete with Winston, but this will pip him for theatre.