Good questions Winston, but will you do a deal with him on September 24?

Winston Peters was asking the right questions and making the right statements on Bill English in parliament yesterday:

Mr Peters asked the Prime Minister: “is it not a fact that [Mr English] was deeply complicit in trying to avoid legal action with taxpayers’ hush money?

Mr English responded that he was not a party to the employment dispute, and he did not know what the dispute was or how it was settled.

Mr Peters followed up with: “when the chronology of events and the communications have his DNA all over this story, including the cover up, and the hush money; how can anyone trust him on these matters, or for that matter, on the economy?”

Mr English repeated his first answer, that the dispute was between the employer and the employee, and he was no party to it.

Mr Peters then call for Mr English’s resignation, saying it is “obvious to every independent commentator that this Prime Minister is complicit in a cover up.”

Mr English again rejected the assertion, and said that Mr Peters continuing to say it “doesn’t make it true.”

“My statement to the police stated what I knew of the circumstances, and I would have thought that making a statement to the police was not a cover up.”

Winston is on the money here. Bill English is dancing on the head of a pin, the payout to Glenys Dickson, his former staffer and close personal friend, was from the leader’s budget. That was John Key at the time and Bill English would have been pretty well informed of goings on.

We know this and he’s basically misled parliament because he stated in a text message to the former electorate chair more details than he is admitting to in this exchange. Audrey Young covered this yesterday:

The text that English sent on February 21 last year makes a statement of fact in response to a text from Davie who said Barclay had denied the taping allegations and asking English if it was true.

English: “He left a dictaphone running that picked up all conversations in the office. Just the office end of phone conversations. The settlement was larger than normal because of the privacy breach.”

Asked by Davie is that was the end of the matter, English texted: “Yes. He and Glenys bound by confidentially. Glenys settlement large to avoid potential legal action. Had to be part paid by prime minister’s budget. Everyone unhappy.”

Bill English is usually a careful and honest man.

So, tell me how his statement before parliament can hold true when the records of his text messages say otherwise? His answers before parliament, to Winston’s questions, can’t be true in light of his previous text messages to Stuart Davie.

Winston is right, Bill English’s DNA is all over this. Winston has called for his resignation and issued a press release:

Prime Minister Bill English’s DNA is all over the cover up involving a secret recording in a National MP’s office and will deeply trouble National Party supporters, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Mr English has been party to a confidential settlement to cover up a crime, and that’s illegal.

“He condoned a settlement and hush money being paid to cover up MP Todd Barclay’s actions in which he secretly recorded a conversation – an offence under the Crimes Act.

“Mr English had even told the police that was the case, yet he said nothing when the MP both refused to be interviewed by police and denied the breach of privacy.

“Mr English claims he was not involved when in fact he aided and abetted the attempted cover up.

“Mr English’s behaviour over the Barclay Debacle is a sorry new low in New Zealand politics,” says Mr Peters.

The issue now, that journalists should be asking, is that if Winston Peters thinks the Prime Minister should resign over this then would he do a deal on September 24 with him…or would Bill’s head be the price of any deal with the National party?

Bill English is a fool. I feel sorry for Steve Joyce and the professionals working with him. This entire debacle is of his own making and it has blown up in his face.

Winston Peters is like a shark and he can smell political blood from miles away. Right now he is licking his chops as he may well finally get utu for Bill English moving the caucus motion to throw Winston Peters out of caucus.


-RadioNZ, NZ Herald

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