This story is unravelling really quickly. After previously refusing to comment on the contents of his police statement Bill English has now said that Todd Barclay admitted to him that he (Barclay) had taped his staff. Good luck to Barclay in resolving that clearly contradictory statement.
Barclay repeatedly denied recording his staff, so who's the liar: the Prime Minister or Barclay?
Todd is done for https://t.co/uihq3L8nl6
— Morgan Godfery (@MorganGodfery) June 20, 2017
In fact it sounds like Barclay caused English to listen to it. From Newsroom:
Dickson’s un-redacted police statement obtained by Newsroom reveals English told her Barclay had “recorded conversations” of her discussing Barclay. “Bill apparently told Todd he didn’t want to listen to this rubbish.”
As I type this I am listening to Parliament. English sounds sick.
Update: Aaaannd here is a page of English’s statement. It was apparently released by his office at 2 pm just as Question time started.
The full statement can be accessed here. So it appears that English did not listen to the tape. I have read longer statements in shoplifting cases. The briefness of the statement suggests a very underwhelming intent to get to the truth.
Update2: Barclay has called a press conference at 5:50 pm. He may be going …
Update3: No he apologised for giving “misleading statements” and then left without answering any questions …