Todd Barclay has made a real mess of Clutha-Southland. Even certified right-wingers can’t stand the latest development – Rodney Hide: Not a good look for Barclay
The only requirement of backbench MPs is to be tidy. Barclay failed in that one crucial task.
But that’s not all. A year ago Barclay promised his full co-operation with police: “If they do contact me on any matter, then I will co-operate fully,” he said.
Later in the year he explained: “I have not spoken to the police about any alleged complaint.”
It sounded like he was more than happy to talk to the police but they closed the file without the need even to talk to him. That wasn’t so. It emerged this week police were eager to interview Barclay but he refused. He didn’t even front up to refuse – he had his lawyer do it for him.
It’s quite okay for private citizens to refuse a police interview. In my opinion it’s not okay for MPs. And it’s especially not so when the MP is telling voters he is more than happy to be interviewed.
The suspicion that cannot be avoided in my mind is that his answering questions would be bad for him.
Noting to hide nothing to fear? Yet the Nats are perfectly happy for this fine specimen to represent them.