Last Tuesday Bill English stood up in Parliament and accused the CTU and the PSA of breaking the Electoral Finance Act. Problem for Bill was he’d got it completely wrong, and as we noted at the time the appropriate course of action was to make a formal apology in Parliament.
Well to Bill’s credit he’s set the record straight for the CTU, but he’s still refusing to apologise to the PSA over exactly the same thing despite being clearly in the wrong. According to PSA national secretary Brenda Pilott,
“Bill English called me about an amendment to the Electoral Finance Act that he was proposing and in that conversation he claimed the PSA had made a mistake in its third party application. I replied that I understood the application was correct but that I would check to make certain. I’ve done that and the Electoral Commission has confirmed the PSA application is in order.
“It’s disappointing that Mr English did not ensure he’d got his facts right before he made his false allegation about the PSA. I expect Mr English to admit his mistake and apologise to the PSA in Parliament”
One week on and still no apology from Bill. Why the double standard?