It was a convenient myth to blame Tony for Peter’s gabion walling not going ahead, when it was presumably Doug Armstrong who pulled the plug on the project.
He had been lavishly hosted in Canada by Peter and Christine, and the gabion walling was going to look to the media like a response to bribery, even if this smell of corruption was entirely incorrect.
It was better to pull the plug rather than risk a safe nomination for a safe seat. Politics is the art of survival, and history is crowded with friends who have been sacrificed when they seemed to be becoming a liability.
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