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6:40 am, June 23rd, 2017 - 23 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, bill english, Dirty Politics, national - Tags: bill english, coalition deals, liar, lies, Parliament, Todd Barclay
Bill’s lies are unraveling all over the place – Bill English accused of misleading Parliament
Today the Prime Minister admitted he used what he calls “imprecise language” – and it was the police who came to him about the Todd Barclay recording.
Mr English was emphatic in Parliament yesterday that he’d “reported it to the police”. But today came an admission – “they approached me”.
And what’s more, he lawyered up before the interview. “I did get legal advice, yes,” he said today.
The Prime Minister hasn’t properly corrected the record himself, and now Labour have complained to the speaker.
“The Prime Minister was clearly using his time in Parliament yesterday to make out that he had done something that he hadn’t,” Mr Roberston told Newshub.
“That is a very severe breach of Parliament’s rules.”
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said Mr English needs to stand down, “just like Barclay”.
“He misled the media, he misled the House.”
Winston Peters is running hard on this – Peters lays complaints over Barclay saga
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said he had filed two privileges complaints against Prime Minister Bill English, claiming he has misled Parliament with his answers to questions about National MP Todd Barclay.
Mr Peters said Mr English had been making statements which were untrue and he should be held accountable.
“He was involved, as was the board of the National Party – and no doubt the ninth floor of the Beehive – in the cover up because there was Parliamentary, tax-payer’s money used to get a confidentiality agreement with the person who had the information, who was the complainant.
Mr Peters said that confidentiality agreement was an illegal contract, because it sought to cover-up a crime.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has ramped up criticism of Prime Minister Bill English over the Todd Barclay affair – saying English should resign.
“He’s got to go, Mr English. He’s got to stand down, just like Barclay. He misled the media, he misled the House in every respect he is in serious breach of his responsibilities and duties,” Peters said to media before entering question time that saw further questions about English’s actions.
You might think that rules a post-election NZF/Nat coalition, but you would be wrong –
Asked if English had lied, Peters said there was no other possible conclusion. Despite calling for English’s resignation, Peters did not rule out going into Coalition with National after the September 23 election.
The only way to square that circle is if Peters insists that English steps down as the price of propping up National. Judith Collins is probably on the phone to Peters right now.