A little history lesson for Bill English

Duncan Garner reminds Bill English of a little bit of history.

On 12 May 2001 it was revealed Helen Clark used $55,000 of taxpayers money to secretly settle a defamation action launched by John Yelash after she called him a murderer when in fact he’d been convicted of manslaughter in 1979.

Clark was given approval under Cabinet rules to make the secret confidential payout.

At the time this is what Deputy National Leader Bill English said of Clark:

This is such daring hypocrisy that no one can quite believe it’s happening,” he said.

Here is a person who campaigned for two years against confidential payouts of taxpayers’ dollars.

The Prime Minister’s moral leadership is crumbling because she won’t do what people now expect of her – talk straight and meet the standards of political behaviour she herself set.

Remember those words Bill?

He’s a politician, of course he doesn’t remember, hell, he can’t remember who told him about the recording of Glenys Dickson.

To be fair to Bill English, it was John Key who made the confidential payout.

God knows why Bill English, when all this broke, didn’t chuck John Key and Wayne Eagleson under the bus. They are the ones who hushed it all up, made such a crap job of it that it has all come to light and left Bill English holding the baby.

Maybe this was the reason John Key quit. He anointed Bill too, so a double stab from Key.

But, once he made the decision to brazen it all out then any chance of blaming it all on John Key fell by the way side.

Last week there was a head to lop off, Todd Barclay’s. This week, mainly because Bill English is such a retard, the scandal rolls on. The only head available now is his own.

His spiteful little vendetta may just have taken himself out.



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