More on the Barclay saga

As with many political rifts and public blow-ups there is quite a bit more to the Todd Barclay saga than bad Barclay and Bumbling Bill.

There’s not doubt that Bill English stumbled and fudged, and Barclay did some stupid things over a period of time, but those involved in the employment dispute, making complaints and going to the media are not beyond criticism either.

A number of MPs seem to have been very supportive of Barclay, this week at least. And there has also been support for him out in the provinces.

Glenys Dickson. There is no excuse for the other main person involved, Glenys Dickson, being recorded (possibly illegally), and the lack of honesty and forthrightness from both Barclay and English will understandably have annoyed some people.

Stuff: Former National staffer Glenys Dickson says MP Todd Barclay should have resigned immediately

The woman at the centre of the scandal around ousted National MP Todd Barclay says he should have resigned immediately rather than wait until the election.

Dickson said he should have gone earlier.

“I feel the honourable thing to do perhaps was to just resign immediately.”

She said she felt “quite sad” for Barclay.

“He had a very bright future ahead of him and he just let himself down.

“There actually isn’t any joy in me for going through this process.”

I’m sure it hasn’t been joyful, but she has put quite a lot out into the public domain.

There has also been some fairly strong criticism of Dickson.  Like this comment in social media:

Well, today’s media has really confirmed what I have always thought. My former colleague Glenys Dickson is a really nasty vindictive bitch.

And:

This bitch is not the victim. Karma is a wonderful thing and I hope it bites you right in your fake sanctimonious arse. The truth has a horrible habit of coming out eventually and it will – there are a hell of a lot of people who will make damn sure it does. Tick, tock ………

There’s some ill feeling down this way, both ways.

After the frenzy there has been a very good summary of it all from Tracy Watkins at Stuff:  ‘This is not how we do things’: How National’s composure was shattered by the Todd Barclay affair

Barclay is one of a tight circle of close knit MPs in the National caucus – a group that includes the senior whip Jami-Lee Ross, Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie, and back benchers including Paul Foster Bell and Brett Hudson.

Mentors like his former boss, Hekia Parata, were counselling him that his position had become untenable.

His friends were shattered. And they were deeply, deeply angry.

Barclay, 27, inherited the Clutha-Southland seat from English.  They are chalk and cheese. So it’s not surprising Barclay immediately rubbed up English’s old staff the wrong way.

Here is where accounts differ of who was most to blame.

But where there is agreement is Barclay’s refusal to follow the advice being offered him.

Depending on who you ask,  it was either youth and inexperience that did for him, or a combination of arrogance and narcissism. People hold deeply polarising views about the young MP.

Even now, feelings run high. Party insiders spoken to by Stuff say they were  “disgusted” on Barclay’s behalf at the way people were briefing against him.

“Disgusting” is a word used by more than one Nat. But the sympathy is not universal; another insider spoken to by Stuff says Barclay treated his staff “appallingly”.

So there are strong feelings on both sides.

It will be difficult repairing the damage in Clutha-Souhland.

And time will tell how much this has damaged National.

25 Comments

  1. Tipene

     /  June 23, 2017

    Dickson serves 16 years as English staffer = no issues.

    Dickson serves a handful of months as Barclay staffer – all hell breaks loose.

    Barclay reported by same staffer as a yelly,shouty, full-of-himself, thinks-hes-the-shit narcissist, but same staffer never had a bad word to say about her former boss.

    I’m going to go where the evidence leads.

    Simon Flood – C’MON DOWN!

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    • PDB

       /  June 23, 2017

      Bill is around her age – could simply be a generational thing with Barclay.

      • Dickens had a responsibility to fully support Barclay, and she couldn’t she had a responsibility to get out.

        When it was obvious it wasn’t working Barclay should have just replaced her as he had a right to do.

        Both generation stuffed up on this one.

        • Chuck Bird

           /  June 23, 2017

          PG, no one has to work for someone and be treated like a piece of crap. It is not just his age but his immaturity. His parents should be ashamed of there poor job of parenting. I wonder if he ever had a smack on the arse.

    • Blazer

       /  June 23, 2017

      Flood another spawn of the Vampire Squid,….another…parasite.

  2. Pete Kane

     /  June 23, 2017

    Focus on Politics gives a good rerun of the media audio in recent days.
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/focusonpolitics/audio/201848661/focus-on-politics-for-23-june-2017
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  3. duperez

     /  June 23, 2017

    It is important to present all sides of a story. Putting the social media quotes shows there are sides. The “nasty vindictive bitch” is one person’s opinion. We have little idea of the writer’s history or motivation but once the words are out here they are part of the narrative. Even posted here as balance and to demonstrate the feelings, they create an impression.

    Me opining that the author “sounds like a deranged type whose jealousy and sense of protecting the little boy MP” also creates an impression.

    I see the point in the comments of Dickens’ responsibility to fully support Barclay and going if she couldn’t, but Chuck Bird hits a more critical point. You work somewhere for someone, you disagree with them or they treat you like crap you simply go?

    • patupaiarehe

       /  June 23, 2017

      I’ve been treated like crap, by a couple of erstwhile employers duparez, and have ‘let myself go’, from their business. without hesitation. Mind you, I hadn’t served any of them loyally for 17 years…

    • Gezza

       /  June 23, 2017

      Me opining that the author “sounds like a deranged type whose jealousy and sense of protecting the little boy MP” also creates an impression.

      Yup. creates an impression with me that yaw incomplete phrase doesn’t make sense and thus that yaw grammar is no better than my proofreading. 😬

      • patupaiarehe

         /  June 23, 2017

        That’s a bit rough, G. Your ‘proofreading’ is crap, pretty much always. I blame the ipad… 😉

      • Gezza

         /  June 23, 2017

        But your main two themes I agree with. How we feel about them each from what we know & have seen of the two protagonists determines which one we think is the real baddie here. Glenys could have just said ok I don’t like you, but the job here is to support the MP, not to decide what the MP should do, or who it should be. So if I don’t like you, I should leave. Personally, I thimk she should have.

        On the other hand, Patu makes a point that this is her job of 17 years. Is it that easy there to get another, similar one. How did they try to resolve issues between themselves? How much experience of staff & relationship management would Todd have had? I really screwed up my first job as a section head through being useless at those things.

        We may never know the full story from Dickinson’s & Barclay’s perspectives. But we know Todd blatantly lied to the media.

        • Gezza

           /  June 23, 2017

          * Dickson’s. (sorry Glenys)

        • patupaiarehe

           /  June 24, 2017

          She should have quit. Easier said than done though… After 17 years of loyal service, what alternative did she have? Head over to OF G, something far more pleasant awaits you there… 😉

          • Gezza

             /  June 24, 2017

            I’ll get there in the end. Just inspecting the spread of ticks & finding them curious 😀

          • patupaiarehe

             /  June 24, 2017

            How so?

          • Gezza

             /  June 24, 2017

            Some piss poor arguments – or minimal comments – during the day, seem to attract a lot more upticks from invisible supporters than I would normally & logically expect, while many well-argued, or well-explained views or perspectives, and/or salient articles, cop an awful lot of downticks for no apparent reason. Very odd. Like someone ferreting about upticking & downticking in the undergrowth?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  June 24, 2017

              This ‘tick fetish’ of yours, makes me wonder if you were a veterinarian in a former life G….

            • Gezza

               /  June 24, 2017

              Nah – they don’t bother me really, just an observation over tome – but I think they really matter to someone else ! 😀

            • Gezza

               /  June 24, 2017

              Sht! tome = time.

            • Gezza

               /  June 24, 2017

              I mean. I just mentioned the weather on OF this morning patu.
              Nek minit there’s two downticks, FFS ?
              I was trying to figure out, is that two plicks, or one plick, disliking it just as much on the next visit? 😀

            • patupaiarehe

               /  June 24, 2017

              Sorry G, but I have to laugh at the ‘PDT’. No doubt they will be waking up early, to treat both of us to a ‘stinky thumb’…
              Jr came home today, really ‘amped’. As a part of the generic music lessons his class get, they set them loose in a music studio. One of his classmates plays drums, so jumped behind the drum kit immediately. Then he yelled out to Jr, “Can you play ‘Smells like teen spirit’?”. Jr grabbed an ‘axe’, and switched the amp on. Reckons they ‘nailed it’, and everyone else in the class gave them a standing ovation at the end… 🙂

  4. Ray

     /  June 23, 2017

    David Farar had a piece on the contract that covers MPs staff, apparently it is a sackable offence under the specific contract to not support your boss.
    Being a southern boy I know some of the background and Glenys will find what goes round comes round. Doubt if she last another election on the local council for starters.

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2017

    I don’t know the rights and wrongs of this at all, but I would highlight the following as decision points for me:

    1. Never mind how Barclay treated his staff but how did he treat his constituents?
    2. Did one or more of his staff sign up to a confidential settlement and then break confidentiality?
    3. MPs cannot lie and survive whatever else is going on.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  June 23, 2017

      I’m no fool Alan. Obviously there is more to this, than what is being shown in the MSM…