The Spinoff has a great list of the contradictory and inane comments that Bill English made during the debarclay affair. It makes for pathetic reading. No wonder English is now trying, far too many days too late, to shut up about the scandal in his old electorate and hope that it will blow over. It won’t. Too many loose ends. Here’s one big one:
Why was the original police investigation abandoned so easily?
Todd Barclay has provided all the evidence police need to reopen the case against him. In his short statement last night, Barclay said “I have read Mr English’s statement and accept it”. That is an on-the-record admission by Barclay that he secretly recorded his staffer Glenys Dickson.
In the statement, Bill English also verifies he sent a text, which we now know said: “He left a dictaphone running that picked up all conversations in the office… The settlement was larger than normal because of the privacy breach.”
By accepting the statement, Barclay has effectively accepted that text too.
Police yesterday said: “If any new information is brought to the attention of police then that information will be assessed by the investigating officers as to its relevance to this case.” Barclay’s admission is surely the “new information” they need.
Barclay has admitted the secret recording – the police must act.
Gower is correct – all eyes on the police now. Not that they will report back before the election of course. And there’s a silver lining for Bill – expect to get sick of hearing him say that he can’t comment on a matter that is under police investigation.
For a former Finance Minister, he's not very good at adding. Watch Bill English on repeat https://t.co/Ru80TJDIcn
— Claire Trevett (@CTrevettNZH) June 26, 2017
If it was an employment dispute why didn't Parliamentary Service make the pay out ?
Who is the confidentiality agreement with Dickson & ..?
— Robert James Stewart (@RobJStewartNZ) June 26, 2017
Nothing's changed from 2016 to today. Key, English, Barclay etc knew everything.
They just got caught. By good journalism. @NewsroomNZ
— Richard Hills (@richardhills777) June 21, 2017