Todd Barclay – strike 4

Newsroom have another blow for Todd Barclay this morning: Allegations Barclay invented complaints

Todd Barclay has been caught giving another false statement, this time to the media about complaints against a former staffer

Accusations of falsehoods continue to surface about embattled National MP Todd Barclay.

Further details of Barclay’s behaviour can now be revealed, which could lead to a defamation case against the young MP.

After the allegations broke in the media, Barclay has repeatedly dodged questions, citing confidentiality around employment disputes.

But earlier this year the NZ Herald published a story based on the redacted version of the police investigation file into whether Barclay had breached a section of the Crimes Act around “use of interception devices”.

In a statement provided to the media organisation, Barclay said there had been complaints about the staff member (Dickson), who had been reprimanded.

“I had received complaints about the conduct of a staff member from members of the public and I referred the matter to Parliamentary Services.

“As the legal employer of support staff, they acted as they deemed appropriate and embarked on a disciplinary process.”

But in a letter from the Parliamentary Service to Dickson, seen by Newsroom, general manager David Stevenson said no complaints existed.

“…Parliamentary Service has neither received any complaint about you nor has it carried out any employment investigation or taken any disciplinary action against you (Dickson).”

It was infuriating to hear that Barclay had issued such a dishonest statement in public, she said.

“I’m very angry, very upset, and to use somebody and discredit them for your own promotion is not something that I admire at all.”

Dickson also said she was upset with Barclay repeatedly saying he could not comment on the matter of the recording because it was an employment issue.

“I think it’s rubbish, it’s not an employment issue, and it’s really just trying to cover up what really went on.”

Yesterday things looked dire for Barclay.

I’m not sure whether now things are direr or direst.

 

 

64 Comments

  1. Tipene

     /  June 21, 2017

    Maybe “most dire?”

  2. Gezza

     /  June 21, 2017

  3. duperez

     /  June 21, 2017

    Things will be so dire for Barclay his majority in September could be slashed to about 11,500.

  4. Chuck Bird

     /  June 21, 2017

    “Perhaps they’d like to have a look at the case again, given information that the recordings didn’t come from a dictaphone left lying around, as had been claimed, it ‘s said to have come from CCTV camera surreptitiously planted in the MP’s office by a security firm to spy on his staff, which would be an offence under the Crimes Act.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11879788

    • Obviously you’ve never been in a modern office/building.
      There are CCTV cameras -everywhere-
      Sadly it’s a sign of the times

    • That’s an interesting take I haven’t seen elsewhere. Interesting because I know of business owners who used private investigators and CCTV to prove a staffer had their hand in the till, which to my mind was commendable rather than an offence. What if Barclay DID have reasonable reason to suspect untoward conduct? Of course that wouldn’t explain the payout…..

  5. Tipene

     /  June 21, 2017

    Ok, that takes it to another level again – out by the end of the month, I’m picking.

  6. Blazer

     /  June 21, 2017

    an indictment on National as a party ,as a govt,their M.P’s support the young jerk.
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11879941

  7. Things are only direr as you can can be sure there will be at least one more “shock” revelation to come as Newsroom drip feed what they already know, in the interest of extending the story, ensuring maximum damage to Barclay and harvesting clicks. Holus bolus dumping of all the available info in the first story would have resulted in the initial horror/disgust getting too quickly buried in the next issue of the day.

  8. The much bigger question is how is it possible within NZ law to refuse to co-operate with a police investigation. We’ve seen the same issue when families rally around child abusers. I’m not suggesting thumbscrews, but there has to be a more overriding principle than the right to silence.

    • Blazer

       /  June 21, 2017

      so much for accountability,integrity, and transparency.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 21, 2017

      No. There must always be a right to silence under interrogation to prevent abuses of power.

      • Blazer

         /  June 21, 2017

        agree Al.Mind you the Police have lobbied for that right to be…amended.

  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 21, 2017

    O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!

    • Gezza

       /  June 21, 2017

      Fkn disaster ! Bits of sht flying everywhere. Everybody needs a brolly! ☂ 😧

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 21, 2017

        The art of deception is to gently allow the victims to deceive themselves. TB has a lot to learn.

  10. lurcher1948

     /  June 21, 2017
    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 21, 2017

      I’m trying to reconcile WO’s take that this is BE trying to take out Barclay with the fact Todd seems be a protege of BE and has been protected by him the whole way through – including over this saga.
      On the Kiwiblog site Farrah has his take and the commenters are giving it very short shrift.
      Sounds like a terrible situation involving plenty of internal politics that has gotten out of hand.
      Some clarity over the staff members actions would help matters.
      Given it seems so clear cut, it is interesting Todd retains so much support.

  11. Zedd

     /  June 21, 2017

    i wonder what q-time will bring.. in 80 mins ?

  12. duperez

     /  June 21, 2017

    David Farrar says, “A brutal end for a new MP. Very loyal of him to give up a very very safe seat in order to stop this issue festering for National.”

    He’s not going for acting like an arrogant twat, or for allegations of illegal behaviour, or for being a liar, or for putting his team in a crappy position, or for dishonourable behaviour.

    Oh how very loyal. Give him a bloody knighthood!

    • Gezza

       /  June 21, 2017

      Ahem. 😠
      Sir Alan & I would, I think, like some input on that.
      Sir Gerald

  13. lurcher1948

     /  June 21, 2017

    Gone nearly by lunchtime, David Farrar could give him an office boy job as he worked for the tobacco industry,think you were getting $150k and you wanted to get rid of a old female office fart,WHAT POSSIBLY COULD GO WRONG,hahahahaha

  14. lurcher1948

     /  June 21, 2017

    So Billy English who cannot remember anything survives, Boring billy was part of an illegal event plus SIR JOHN KEY all part of a cover-up,Under national the police will NEVER follow up anything national does…

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 21, 2017

      I don’t remember Helen being arrested for anything either, Lurch?

      • Gezza

         /  June 21, 2017

        At least she got punished in the next election for shutting down the Wellington Waterfront in 1951 & costing him his Painting Slip job, Al, according to dad. He never tires of telling me about it.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 21, 2017

          Bugger, G! That’s what rabid socialists can do to a man, eh?

          • Gezza

             /  June 21, 2017

            He also insists he remembers Phil Goff running around on the Painting Slip as a snotty-nosed kid, & when he worked there with his old man.

            (Ma says the guy’s name was Gough.)

      • lurcher1948

         /  June 21, 2017

        Who’s Helen????

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 21, 2017

          You’ll forget your dog’s name next, Lurch.

  15. lurcher1948

     /  June 21, 2017

    David Garrett another disgraced MP whining , when you are caught out.DG stop trying to sound important, you are an X disgraced MP and if Farrar wants to let you post on his blog remember you are a disgraced MP,,IE RUBBISH
    David Garrett

    Fentex: If you think he can “quietly slip into the night” you are profoundly ignorant…He will be hounded just as I was and Gilmore was…maybe this time they’ll get a suicide? And the mongrels would be pleased as punch…And I am not alone in thinking this … Karl du Fresne, former editor of the Evening Post, is on record as opining that that is exactly what members of the Press Gallery would love to happen…

  16. Zedd

     /  June 21, 2017

    good riddance to another smug tory.. sez i

  17. Patzcuaro

     /  June 21, 2017

    All New Zealanders have the right to decline to be interviewed by the police but it is untenable for a MP to do so. Those that make our laws must be answerable to them.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 21, 2017

      Nonsense. MP’s are entitled to the same rights as everyone else and are likely to be more in need of them as they have far more enemies than most of us.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  June 21, 2017

        I disagree, it is untenable to remain an MP if you are unable to answer questions from the police because you might incriminate yourself. Those that make our laws must follow them as well.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 21, 2017

          That’s up to the electorate to decide, not you. Remaining silent is not breaking the law and may be done for any reason.

          • patupaiarehe

             /  June 21, 2017

            You’re sounding a little like Simon Bridges, Alan. Correct, but wrong, simultaneously….

          • Patzcuaro

             /  June 21, 2017

            So it’s OK for a MP to refuse to talk to the police because he/she might incriminate himself/herself but it is political suicide to make your leader look bad!

            • patupaiarehe

               /  June 21, 2017

              It’s OK for anyone to refuse to talk to the police.

      • patupaiarehe

         /  June 21, 2017

        Yup, if you’re guilty, DON’T TALK!!

        • Gezza

           /  June 21, 2017

          Why not?

          • patupaiarehe

             /  June 21, 2017

            • Gezza

               /  June 21, 2017

              At least somebody else would do my flocking meals.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  June 21, 2017

            • Gezza

               /  June 21, 2017

              Oops – more below. Went in wrong place. But we can leave it if you like. Looks like Al’s bolted.

            • Gezza

               /  June 21, 2017

              Quite like that. You’ve posted that here before.

          • patupaiarehe

             /  June 21, 2017

            Might have posted this one too…

            • Gezza

               /  June 21, 2017

              I’ll have a listen then you can listen to this & then I’m off for sleeps. Have to get up early to watch Wanky The Clown downtick whatever the lovely Missy posts.

  18. Gezza

     /  June 21, 2017

    But what I meant was in some situations, the obvious & best thing to do if you’re guilty is to admit it. Depends entirely on context & situation. One thing I’d certainly say is, before you say anything to the police – think – very carefully – about every word.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  June 21, 2017

      Too right G. Unless you are the ‘complainant’, say nothing.

      • Gezza

         /  June 21, 2017

        Could get awkward if you’re busting to go …

  19. patupaiarehe

     /  June 21, 2017

    Don’t concern yourself with ‘Spanky’. I gave him a poster of JK, and he ran away chuckling to himself. I suspect he’ll be occupied for long enough, for you to enjoy this great cover, undisturbed…

    • Gezza

       /  June 21, 2017

      You better have listened to The Jones chick, buddy. I can’t see an uptick 😕

      • Gezza

         /  June 21, 2017

        👍

      • patupaiarehe

         /  June 22, 2017

        Just did. Splendid, e hoa. Reminded me of this one…

        • Gezza

           /  June 22, 2017

          Tricky blighter. I’d love to know what settings & amp the guitarist is using on that track of Norah’s. Very unique. Off to bed after listening to this one. Ma te wa, patu.

          • Gezza

             /  June 22, 2017

            Yeah I see why it reminds you of this one – close, that guitar sound. Nite bro.

          • patupaiarehe

             /  June 22, 2017

            Good for you G. The crew I ‘manage’, are mostly doing whatever they like ATM. It’s rather amazing how fast people can work, when they are told how much they will be paid to perform a task, rather than being paid a certain amount per hour… The slowest guy, is getting $30/hr, and will be off home shortly. A pretty good hourly rate, for an unqualified guy…

  1. Todd Barclay – strike 4 — Your NZ – NZ Conservative Coalition