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6:05 am, June 21st, 2017 - 73 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, bill english, Dirty Politics, making shit up, Media, national, national/act government, same old national, spin, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: clutha-southland, newsroom, Todd Barclay
Yesterday Newsroom published a series of articles from an outstanding, in-depth investigation into the allegations that Clutha Southland National MP Todd Barclay illegally recorded one of his staff and constituents during an ongoing conflict, and then subsequently lied about it.
The first article featured a 30 minute interview with the former electorate staffer Glenys Dickson, giving a run down of the history of the case over the last two years.
Some of the issues covered in the investigation,
Over the course of the day, the Prime Minister Bill English and Todd Barclay told various conflicting stories about who said what to whom, and both ended up looking like liars. Initially Barclay directly contradicted English’s story, inferring that English had lied, and then at the end of the day completely reversed this. It’s also looked more and more likely that the PM has been involved in a cover up, and that Barclay has now been thrown under a bus. It’s also possible that the National Party hierarchy has been involved in an illegal attempt to obstruct justice (here, Andrew Geddis compares National to a gang by way of example). Somewhere in amongst all that John Key’s historic involvement came out too.
In the afternoon Newsroom also published that the National Party was investigating the selection process for Clutha Southland, amongst allegations of improper votes and delegate stacking.
Questions have been raised about why the investigation was dropped. The police released their own statement during the afternoon. It now appears that members of the National Party in Southland are calling for the police to re-open the case.
At the end of the day Barclay did a brief stand up press conference where he read a prepared statement that left journalists stunned. In this statement he reversed his earlier position but refused to take any questions.
That’s not even the whole of it. At this stage someone needs to do one of those graphics thingies showing all the strands of the story. Things moved rapidly yesterday, I’m sure more will unfold today.
Natwatch’s round up of media coverage and English’s involvement here.
Update (lunchtime Weds) –
Police are taking another look at the taping allegations
English is looking at Barclay’s resigning, announcement at 2pm.
The Privacy Commissioner is considering the matter having received a complaint.
Allegations have been made that Barclay made up complaints against Dickson.
— WhakarauJK (@ArrestJK) June 20, 2017