Did Bill English lie to Police?

We know Bill English has lied to parliament, that will be subject to a Privileges Committee complaint.

But, did he lie to Police?

Over the weekend on The Nation he changed his story yet again. To recap, originally Bill English said he couldn’t remember if Todd Barclay had told him he’d made a recording, then four hours later he miraculously found a copy of his s82 statement to Police that he made as a witness where he said that Todd had told him that he made a recording, and then on The Nation he made this statement:

In the first place, the fact of a recording has never actually been established. The police investigated, came to no conclusion, no court decision.


Well, again, the fact of the recordings has never actually been established. The police investigated it over 10-12 months.


The fact of the recording has never been established. But the behaviour I was referring to was over a whole period of time. This is a sad situation — the breakdown of the relationship—

So, let’s get this straight…Bill English has forced someone to resign from parliament over a hearsay statement that hasn’t been tested anywhere except in the warped mind of himself and his staff.

He even acknowledged that when he said:

I’m not a lawyer, and when the matter did arise, it was fairly quickly in the hands of the police. In New Zealand, the way our system works, the police investigate, they then lay charges, then it’s up to a court to actually decide whether the act was actually criminal. That process has not occurred. In New Zealand people are presumed to be innocent till proven guilty. I’m not a lawyer. All that process, the opportunity for that did unfold. It didn’t come to a conclusion.

So, tell me again why Todd Barclay has been forced out of his job? Surely Barclay should be presumed to be innocent?

You have to ask several rather pertinent questions now:

  1. Did Bill English lie to Police when he made his statement?
  2. Why did he force the resignation of an MP based on nothing more than hearsay?
  3. Why has he changed his story three times?
  4. Why was Paula Bennett sent in to force Barlcay to resign by threatening to withdraw the whip when the evidence is only hearsay evidence and the PM has changed his story three times?
  5. Will The PM now recant and ask Barclay to stay on?
  6. What would the PM do now if Parliamentary Services released a copy of this audio the PM now says doesn’t exist?
  7. Will Bill English release his phone and text records for the period when Glenys Dickson’s employment was being reviewed?
  8. Why does he not go to the Privileges Committee to clear his name if he has done nothing wrong?

Bill English claimed not once, but three times that there is doubt that the recording even exists. Yet he sent in Paula Bennett to threaten Todd Barclay, destroyed his career all based on his wonky statement to Police that doesn’t seem to be based on any facts.

Surely it should be Bill English resigning not Todd Barclay.



Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.