Bill English may as well have quoted Nixon

Bill English may as well have quoted Richard Nixon with this headline:

Ahh…yes you did Bill.

Defending his integrity on national television this morning, Prime Minister Bill English said he never acted “shifty” or dodged the truth during the Todd Barclay clandestine recordings saga.

During an awkward interview with Patrick Gower on The Nation today, English came under fire for his role in the cover up of recently ousted National MP Barclay’s secret recordings of staff.

The Prime Minister appeared uncomfortable during tough questions from Gower, but was unflappable in his responses, claiming he never lied during the entire “sad situation”.

Oh really? That is going to be interesting when the evidence is produced.

Barclay stepped down as a candidate for the Clutha-Southland electorate on Wednesday, after a Newsroom investigation revealed English was aware Barclay had secretly recorded his former electorate agent Glenys Dickson which resulted in a settlement payout by the Government, even though he had publicly stated otherwise.

Kicking off the interview this morning, Gower declared: “This interview is all about trust, whether you can be trusted. It’s all about your integrity and your standards.”

On the defence, English reminded Gower that “the fact of a recording has never actually been established. The police investigation came to no conclusion.”

English said he told media he had not spoken directly to the parties involved in the dispute, when in fact he had, because: “At the time there was a confidentiality around the settlement of an employment dispute and a police investigation.”

“I didn’t know what I could or couldn’t say. I did not want to compromise either one of those pretty serious processes,” English said.

Over the course of the 16-minute interview, Gower asked English if he had lied to the public, if he could be trusted by voters and if he had “let down” his own standards.

What Bill hasn’t explained is what Wayne Eagleson knew. He was Chief of Staff to John Key and is still Bill English’s Chief of Staff. He was called in very early on and along with Bill English sat in on meetings.

He is not telling the truth when he says he had not spoken directly to the parties involved in the dispute. He knows that his phone records prove otherwise which is why he is refusing OIA requests claiming it was all party business and therefore not subject to the OIA. His text records say otherwise as well as we well know because Stuart Davie handed over his phone to the Police.

So, Bill English is acting like a weasel and shifty. Next thing he will be claiming he isn’t a crook.


-NZ Herald

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