© 2019 Stuff LimitedNationalOpinionWinston Peters, scandal and a recipe for revengeTracy Watkins14:37, Aug 28 2017FacebookTwitterWhats AppRedditEmailROBERT STEVEN/STUFFWinston Peters received higher super payments than he was entitled to.OPINION: Someone is playing in a very dirty and dangerous pool with the latest bombshell dropped on the election campaign. Let's deal with Winston Peters first though; he should release the documentation around and put the story to bed one way or another. Until he does questions will continue to swirl about whether it was deliberate or not. Given the sums involved, it beggars belief that Peters would put everything at risk while drawing a generous MP's salary. His partner Jan Trotman is also a successful businesswoman. So it is hard not to give him the benefit of the doubt that it was a mistake.TOM LEE/STUFF'People can make mistakes, we're all human' – Bill English stays out of Winston Peters’ super controversy. But given it's Peters, who gives no quarter when it comes to others, he can expect no less than to be put through the mill. And we are more than entitled to question his word after the Owen Glenn donations fiasco. READ MORE: * * * * * But that still leaves some very big unanswered questions about how details of Peters' confidential tax records made it into the public arena. The last election was dominated by allegations of dirty politics. Is this shaping up as dirty politics the sequel? The story broke when Peters issued a statement late on Sunday admitting he received superannuation overpayments and saying he had paid the money back. But social media had been going crazy all weekend after news organisation Newsroom started touting . and had approached him earlier - an approach he rebuffed. But were there others in the know? ACT leader David Seymour had earlier referred to Peters as a "charismatic crook" on the The Nation's multi-party leaders debate. Former Inland Revenue Minister Peter Dunne had tweeted after Peters' statement came out "Lets see how the superannuation overpayment story looks 24 hours from now" - which was cryptic, but could be read as meaning he knew more, though Dunne now insists that was not the case. Others including right wing lobby group the Taxpayers Union also appeared to be primed. That puts this into a very different category to the - Turei went public off her own bat, to add some weight to the Greens' policy on welfare. In Peters' case, details of his tax or MSD records appear to have been leaked, which is extraordinary and almost unprecedented for a political leader. How, or who, was behind that may be beside the point. Because it's what Peters believes that could change the course of this election. He is known to hold a grudge, and it is his mantra in life that revenge is a dish best served cold. Peters has a long history with IRD, of course, dating back to his so-called Winebox days, when he alleged incompetence and fraud at the Serious Fraud Office and Inland Revenue. But it may not be too much of a leap for Peters to blame National, for which he already holds a grudge over the Owen Glenn privileges hearing, and being ruled out of Government by John Key. NZ First sources have told Stuff they've heard National leader Bill English plans a barnstorming run through Peters' Northland electorate this week. It seems National has not given up on winning back the seat that it lost to Peters in a by-election in 2015. It would not be out of character for Peters - who thrives on conspiracy - to put two and two together about English's timing. So National will have to walk a very thin tightrope and remain above the fray on the pension controversy. The story may or may not knock Peters out of the race if it damages him with his core constituency, the grey vote. There has to be a strong suspicion that was the intention behind the leak. But if it doesn't, in a tight election like this one where Peters might be king maker, it could make or break the case for whether it's Bill English or Jacinda Ardern that occupies the ninth floor of the Beehive after September 23. *Comments on this article have been closedStuffFacebookTwitterWhats AppRedditEmailmost popularHere's why Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry unfollowed Duchess Catherine and Prince William on InstagDisappearance of Queenstown man reveals more mysteries at coroner's inquestBroadcaster Jesse Mulligan does himself an injuryWild animal chewing pipe one of several possibilities for Pike River mine re-entry delayAuckland residents concerned about alleged organised shooting event at closed gun clubClaims some Wallabies will boycott tests if Israel Folau is cleared to playShow-off drink driver reached 236kmh before crashing, killing friendJetstar plane flew below safe limit as it approached Christchurch AirportUK is Europe's biggest market for sex slaves, Romanian investigators sayInvercargill school children viciously attacked in bullying incidentBreaking news?Send your photos, videos and tip-offs to , or call us on 0800 697 8833© 2019 Stuff Limited. IMDb's advanced search allows you to run extremely powerful queries over all people and titles in the database. Find exactly what you're looking for!. Winston Peters received higher super payments than he was entitled to. OPINION: Someone is playing in a very dirty and dangerous pool with the latest bombshell dropped on the election campaign..