Comment of the Day – Questions for Bill English to answer

Jimmie, one of our commenters asks:

Now that Barclay has (finally) appointed his day of reckoning I would like to know the answers to the following points:

  1. We know from text messages that English knew about Barclay (allegedly) recording the private conversation in Feb, 2016.
  2. We know from English’s statement to Police in April 2016 that Barclay had apparently admitted the recording of the private conversation to him.  
  3. At the time English was the deputy PM and Minister of Finance.
  4. Why did English not recommend to Key that Barclay be considered for disciplinary action?
  5. Why did English consider that an alleged criminal offence on the part of Barclay not worthy of any form of sanction?
  6. Does English really expect us to believe that he knew nothing of the settlement after reading the content of his text messages?
  7. How can English say that he forgot the primary content of his statement to Police within 15 months of making it however he can produce a copy of the same statement within 2 hours of claiming that he can’t remember anything about what he said?
  8. Without the media exposure would English have done anything at all?
  9. Who provided all the dirt to the media – I’m guessing someone close to the action and based in Southland?
  10. Would a better result have been to have in April last year published a press release stating that Barclay was standing down due to falling short of the standard required of Politicians?
  11. Has this painted English in a terrible place 3 months out from an election? Is he trying to emulate his 2002 result?
  12. Payment of hush money. Dear oh dear. Now that is a guaranteed method of stirring up trouble.

Might work for employment issues and civil disputes but as a way of dealing with an alleged criminal offence? Hmmm ….Attempting to pervert the course of Justice?……
I wouldn’t have taken that option.

I wonder which opposition MP or journalist would like to ask those questions, because it seems Bill won’t answer my calls.



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