Peters versus English on Barclay

Winston Peters smells political blood and tries a few more cuts against Bill English in this press release:  Playing Dumb Won’t Save English Over Barclay Debacle

Failure to answer questions will not save the Prime Minister.

“The facts are there: When asked about the Barclay Debacle in Parliament yesterday Mr English said:  ‘I was absolutely no party to that, and I do not know what the dispute was or how it was settled’.

“However, in a text message to former National Party Clutha-Southland electorate chair, Stuart Davie, Mr English wrote: ‘Glenys settlement large to avoid potential legal action. Had to be part paid by prime minister’s budget. Everyone unhappy’.

“Mr English confirmed in the text he knew all about the special top-up settlement from the National Party Leader’s Office.

“He has not explained why cash was paid from the National Party Leader’s Office funds despite the employer, Parliamentary Services, paying a dispute settlement.

“Why was the extra money necessary?

“Mr English refuses to say, but it was paid to cover up a criminal act, which Mr English knew about.

“Questions continue to hover around the Prime Minister over his lack of honesty and complicity in the cover up over the secret recordings in the Clutha-Southland electorate office.

“He is refusing to answer, hiding behind parliamentary rules. He’s claiming he is not responsible as a Minister, because he was wearing another hat, of an ordinary MP – that’s a new one. He’s condemned by his own words.”

That’s mild compared to what he has said directly to media.

NZ Herald:  ‘He’s got to go’: Winston Peters calls for Prime Minister to resign

“He’s got to go, Mr English. He’s got to stand down, just like Barclay. He misled the media, he misled the House in every respect he is in serious breach of his responsibilities and duties,” Peters said to media before entering question time that saw further questions about English’s actions.

Asked if English had lied, Peters said there was no other possible conclusion. Despite calling for English’s resignation, Peters did not rule out going into Coalition with National after the September 23 election.

He said he had laid two privileges complaints against English, claiming he misled Parliament about whether he knew about the allegations against Barclay. In question time, Peters challenged English to release his phone records to prove he hadn’t been involved in the dispute than already disclosed.

Winston is no stranger to over-egging so it’s difficult to know whether there is any significant merit to his privileges complaints.

And if he had a percent of vote for every time he has called on someone to resign he would be a virtual dictator.

 

 

9 Comments

  1. The irony runs deep this morning Pete, although Mr 158 has no sense of it apparently

  2. Blazer

     /  June 23, 2017

    this issue has more…legs…Billy looking….bad.

    • PDB

       /  June 23, 2017

      Like you Winston is…………over-reaching

  3. NOEL

     /  June 23, 2017

    Is there a hole been dug here?
    Latest claim that no one knew that recording when you are not a party to the conversation was a crime.
    But hold it hes been claiming he had no intent to record…just accidently left on….hmmmm.

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  June 23, 2017

    Sounds a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.

    Winston has never given a direct answer to a question. He either talks in riddles or attacks the interviewer.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 23, 2017

      Still it’s a political play that’s been written just for Winston – the sort of grist for the mill that he thrives on

    • Gezza

       /  June 23, 2017

      While there’s absolutely no question that’s perfectly true, when has he ever let that stop him ?