Q+A – Bill English

Bill English on Q+A this morning:

Prime Minister Bill English fronts up to an interview with Political editor Corin Dann after a difficult week for National. Will the Todd Barclay scandal impact his leadership too?

Andrew Little is also being interviewed so their performances will be able to be compared.

English was steady and steadfast, similar to yesterday on The Nation.

The interview was recorded on Friday night so no wonder it was similar. Q+A moans about him not doing it live but Michelle Boag says that English is putting a priority on National’s conference this weekend.

I don’t think much was gained again from pushing him on the Barclay saga.

John Tamihere says that he has not come out of it squeaky clean but he’s basically an honest politician with honest intent who got caught out being “frugal with the truth”.

I’ll post video when it becomes available.

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  1. Gezza

     /  June 25, 2017

    Righto. Might watch this one & the one with Andrew Little on the Plus One channel.
    Any political interview without Patrick Gower or Lisa Owen is an improvement.
    Want to see if Bill is still burbling on about it not being clear if there was a recording of Glenys Dickson. Scratching my head over that one yesterday.

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  2. David

     /  June 25, 2017

    Wouldnt it be refreshing and grown up to have interviews about policy. The coverage of Barclay is so out of proportion it mirror images the little coverage of the Labour slave program which screams out for all those hand wringing columnists to cover.

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  3. Gezza

     /  June 25, 2017

    Corin Dann absolutely skewered Bill on his credibility & integrity over the Barclay tapes, media explanations & the settlement.

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  4. Zedd

     /  June 25, 2017

    Maybe English should have push it back onto Barclay (& Key, PM at the time).. because the more it goes on, the deeper he seems to be sinking it IT.. loss of credibility 😦

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  5. duperez

     /  June 25, 2017

    The word “integrity has been used on here.

    A political party is having a big conference which is important since it’s election year. People do want to hear about policy but what if that policy being put up by those who are corrupt? The board of the National Party wants us to talk about their great plan for tax cuts not their behaviour and that of their leader.

    Listen to Melanie Reid on RNZ (In the first 6 minutes.)
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=201848765

    And down-ticking defenders, when you come on here and say it’s a minor issue and there are serious things to focus on and it isn’t ”corrupt”, explain to the world what it actually is.

    And maybe explain why having corrupt practice by political parties is worth it if they present tax cuts.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 25, 2017

      What exactly is corrupt re National? It’s pretty easy to see what is corrupt re Labour.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 25, 2017

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 25, 2017

          Simple question, Sir Gerald. Enquiring minds want to know.

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          • Gezza

             /  June 25, 2017

            According to him it’s all been explained, hasn’t it ?
            Just a teeny bit of a monumental cock up on every Front ?

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 25, 2017

              I’m asking duperez who claims to have uncovered corruption. Still waiting to hear what it was.

            • Gezza

               /  June 25, 2017

              Better get supplies in. Could be a long wait.

          • duperez

             /  June 25, 2017

            Just saw this.
            There’s an academic view that giving a backhander to the Police or some local official somewhere in the world for some favour is corruption. And that’s the sort of thing there has to be for there to be corruption.
            There’s all sorts of chest beating when surveys come out suggesting NZ has less corruption than just about all other countries.
            Read Melanie Reid’s accounts and listen to the pertinent part of the radio link and put a label on the behaviour of the National Party people. Is what is described corrupt behaviour?
            Is it just ‘normal’ behaviour? Or normal for politicians?

            I make no claim to have uncovered corruption. I have observed some behaviour and asked a question. Ethics, morals, legalities, bullying, corruption? I mightn’t be the one to define them for anyone else. Some of those involved in the episode down South also may not be. They might have problems recognising them.

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            • Gezza

               /  June 25, 2017

              corruption
              kəˈrʌpʃ(ə)n/
              noun: corruption; plural noun: corruptions

              1. dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery. “the journalist who wants to expose corruption in high places”

              synonyms:
              dishonesty, dishonest dealings, unscrupulousness, deceit, deception, duplicity, double-dealing, fraud, fraudulence, misconduct, lawbreaking, crime, criminality, delinquency, wrongdoing, villainy; bribery, bribing, subornation, venality, graft, extortion, jobbery, profiteering; payola; informal crookedness, shadiness, sleaze, palm-greasing; malfeasance, misfeasance; archaic knavery; rare – malversation
              “senior officials have been implicated in corruption”


              antonyms:
              honesty

              2. the action or effect of making someone or something morally depraved.
              “the corruption of youth was a powerful motif”

              synonyms:
              sin, sinfulness, ungodliness, unrighteousness, profanity, impiety, impurity; Moreimmorality, depravity, vice, iniquity, turpitude, degeneracy, perversion, pervertedness, debauchery, dissolution, dissoluteness, decadence, profligacy, wantonness, indecency, lasciviousness, lewdness, lechery;
wickedness, evil, baseness, vileness

              “he is aware of his fall into corruption”


              antonyms:
              morality, purity

              3. the process by which a word or expression is changed from its original state to one regarded as erroneous or debased.
              “a record of a word’s corruption”

              synonyms:
              alteration, falsification, doctoring, manipulation, manipulating, fudging, adulteration, debasement, degradation, abuse, subversion, misrepresentation, misapplication; rare – vitiation
              “these figures have been subject to corruption”

              

4. the process by which a computer database or program becomes debased by alteration or the introduction of errors.
              “this procedure creates a temporary file to prevent accidental corruption”



              archaic

              5. the process of decay; putrefaction.
              “the potato turned black and rotten with corruption”

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 26, 2017

              So no corruption. Just a bunch of Lefties making totally unsubstantiated accusations of it over an employment termination dispute.

            • Gezza

               /  June 26, 2017

              Sorry dupers. It crossed my mind after posting that maybe too full a definition might prompt Sir Al to take liberties❗️ 😡

  6. oldlaker

     /  June 25, 2017

    English has admitted at the party conference today that Todd Barclay offered to play him the recording… a recording that yesterday said he wasn’t sure actually was made. There’s no way to spin this disaster for English… He can’t recover from this.

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