“Time will tell whether Phillida Bunkle is telling the truth about Wellington Central” says National MP Annabel Young.
“Bunkle’s current line is that she hasn’t made up her mind whether she will pull out. Everyone else thinks that Jim
Anderton has made up his mind and Bunkle will do as she is told in the last week before the election.”
Bunkle is quoted in City Voice (28/10/99) as saying at a public meeting “The strategy to make a change of government has
to be – vote Labour in the electorate and Alliance on the List.” She now denies making this statement. At a public
meeting in Wellington last night (28/10/99) she made a strong statement of denial and said that she has complained to
the Press Council. The question for the Press Council will be - do you believe Bunkle‘s version or the recollection of
the many people in the audience?
“Bunkle is trying to have it both ways,” says Annabel Young. “Bunkle is trying to say that she is morally superior
because she hasn’t pulled out of the race. But she is just playing games with the electorate. She is stringing the
voters along until it suits the Alliance to pull her out.”