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Most questions from the media – and later from opposition MPs in question time – focused on English’s own actions after Barclay last year confided he left a dictaphone running in his electorate office, recording his staff member Glenys Dickson.

Dickson complained to police and English later gave a statement outlining the conversation with Barclay. But that did not emerge until an investigation by Newsroom uncovered a text message he had sent to former electorate chairman Stuart Davie confirming Barclay had recordings.

English initially said he couldn’t recall who told him about the recordings outlined in his text and Barclay denied he had told the Prime Minister he had recordings. But within four hours his office released his police statement, and Barclay apologised for “misleading” statements.

Opposition parties have accused English of being involved in a cover-up.

For political tragics like us, this is the kind of stuff that makes us come to Whaleoil and see it unfold.

Basically Barclay has been a dead man walking because National needed his vote.  Now that it is closer to the election, it’s time to clean up the mess.

This has been a remarkable attack on Barclay because doing so has exposed Bill English as being part and parcel of the original cover-up.

It looks to me that Barclay has backed down to ensure all the focus will now be on English’s involvement.

There were ex-gratia payments to silence people from the Prime Minister’s fund, but Whaleoil has been told Bill English was part of that decision process.

Their collective hatred for Barclay is sufficient to risk the media now turning on English for having covered up an alleged crime so his government could pass legislation a little longer.

You can see why John Key bailed when he did.   The wheels were going to come off.

In the end, Bill English might just achieve what Nicky Hager failed to do.


– NZ Herald


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