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If Win­ston Peters has noth­ing to hide over re­ceiv­ing su­per­an­nu­a­tion over­pay­ments he can clear it up with a wave – ac­tu­ally, a waiver – of his hand.

Just waive pri­vacy and let the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment pro­vide the de­tails to back up his ac­count of what hap­pened.

Any­thing less and he risks leav­ing all but his most un­crit­i­cal sup­port­ers un­per­suaded.

He’s said the de­tails are a pri­vate mat­ter. Would Win­ston let any other politi­cian get away with that re­but­tal? He’s spent the greater part of his ca­reer in ‘‘pub­lic de­serve answers’’ war­rior mode.

By his ac­count, nei­ther he nor the Min­istry can fig­ure out who made the ‘‘er­ror’’, de­tails of which he has ini­tially been un­will­ing spec­ify. Newsroom has re­ported it was claim­ing a sin­gle’s en­ti­tle­ment when he was liv­ing with his part­ner.

Peters says re­ports that the amount he’s paid back to­tals $18,000 are too high. He ac­knowl­edges, how­ever, that the fig­ure, what­ever it is, cov­ers over­pay­ment, and in­ter­est— and, he thinks, penal­ties.

But Peters’ sup­port­ers would have a fair point that it’s hardly in char­ac­ter for him to do some­thing so stu­pen­dously stupid as to im­peril his ca­reer by de­lib­er­ately try­ing to wan­gle a lit­tle ex­tra su­per.

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