Threats of private prosecution

Politicians and journalists are demanding the police prosecute Todd Barclay, but if that doesn’t happen Graham McCready is threatening to get involved – and he says he could  include Bill English in a prosecution.

Stuff:  Private prosecution of Todd Barclay and Bill English suggested

Serial litigant Graham McCready says he will take Todd Barclay and Bill English to court over the taping scandal if the police don’t.

The prosecution would focus on Barclay’s accused illegal reporting and English as an “accessory after the fact”.

McCready’s New Zealand Private Prosecution Service wrote to Invercargill Police on Monday morning advising them that if they didn’t prosecute Barclay and English they would seek to – providing that the complainant Glenys Dickson and other witnesses wished to.

That is almost a threat to the police, and is at least trying to pressure them into taking a particular action.

Will Glenys Dickson and other witnesses (are there any witnesses at all to a recording?) be willing to get dragged in by McCready?

McCready said he would prefer the police led the prosecution, but doubted they would.

“It’s the same all the other high profile cases – painter-gate, ponytail-gate, the punch-up in Parliament. The police just run away,” he said.

Maybe the Police have different considerations, priorities and motives to litigant grand standers.

But some people and the media seem intent on driving this as much as they can.

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44 Comments

  1. John Schmidt

     /  June 27, 2017

    I dont suppose any of these people thought to do the same to Labour over the intern scandal.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 27, 2017

      The Intern thing is a debacle, but there is no actual crime unless there have been Visa violations.

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      • alloytoo

         /  June 27, 2017

        Potential areas of contravention:

        Visa,
        Minimum Wage
        PAYE
        Companies Act (purporting to be a Ltd company)
        Undisclosed Donations
        Misuse of parliamentary funds.

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        • Blazer

           /  June 27, 2017

          Have you. .always been a. .dreamer?

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          • alloytoo

             /  June 27, 2017

            Do you also beat your slaves?

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            • Blazer

               /  June 27, 2017

              I am not a banker offering…mortgages.

            • alloytoo

               /  June 27, 2017

              Well yes, banks are obliged to pay minimum wage (at least), Labour and associates don’t seem to think it’s important.

            • Blazer

               /  June 27, 2017

              @allytoo….banks create debt..slaves and work them till they pay off that debt….’death contract’.

    • Blazer

       /  June 27, 2017

      its bit cold to be wearing…scandals…John.

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    • Mefrostate

       /  June 27, 2017

      Sounds like whataboutism to me.

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    • Blazer

       /  June 27, 2017

      wonderful…news John…the Police have reopened the ..Barclay case.Bol.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 27, 2017

        Yes, we all know that mortgage literally has the word death in it, but it doesn’t mean that one is actually worked to death to pay one.

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  2. Gezza

     /  June 27, 2017

    Graeme McCready:

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    • Brown

       /  June 27, 2017

      New toy?

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      • Gezza

         /  June 27, 2017

        No he’d cost heaps to look after I reckon & he’d always be running off to Court or somewhere if I left the gate open. Probably bites too.

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        • Pete Kane

           /  June 27, 2017

          But you have your Watch Duck Charles G?

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          • Gezza

             /  June 27, 2017

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          • Gezza

             /  June 27, 2017

            It’s pretty raucous in the House @ Question Time, Mr Kane.

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            • Pete Kane

               /  June 27, 2017

              Live won’t play – anyone biffed?

            • Gezza

               /  June 27, 2017

              Not yet. Sepuloni had to withdraw & apologise for some unheard remark – might turn up in Hansard? Speaker Carton just said it might be time to start issuing Final Warnings. Been a bit of accusation & counter-accusation from the leaders.

            • Gezza

               /  June 27, 2017

              All done in the best possible taste, of course.

            • Gezza

               /  June 27, 2017

              Grant Robertson refused to withdraw & apologise for a response to something he said Nick Smith called him. Seems to have got awsy with it tho. Several references been made by Ministers to Labour in relation to slave labour whereever they can chuck it in & before Speaker can cut their microphones.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 27, 2017

              No, Gezza, GM won’t bite-no teeth.

  3. Tipene

     /  June 27, 2017

    Hmmm, I’m not so sure…………I’m now quite convinced that there are two standards of justice in NZ, whether one wishes to define these as ordinary / famous, or powerless / powerful, or poor / rich, or even female / male, it doesn’t matter – it exists.

    Maybe McCready, in his own small way, is trying to redress the balance?

    What makes McCready worthy of the media taking notice is that he has previously been successful in his endeavors.

    If I was Barclay, I wouldn’t be as dismissive of McCready as some commentators have been.

    No quiet solace in Arrowtown for Mr Barclay after all, it seems.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 27, 2017

      Not sure about “previously successful”. He beat Mallard and has otherwise not exactly had glittering success – Banks was taken over and eventually overturned & lost.
      Can’t think of any decisions he’s been on the right side of?
      And he has zero credibility with his past history.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 27, 2017

        He didn’t manage to get out of his own fraud convictions, either.

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  4. The whole thing hinges on Glenys McCready. It’s one thing going as far as she has. I figure she’s tipped a kid she despises out of Winton, got some money and that’ll be the end of it.

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  5. oldlaker

     /  June 27, 2017

    Questions linger: Did anyone in the National Party tell Barclay to erase the tapes? (Bill English was very evasive on this.) And is it a crime to pay money to make a potential crime go away (aka hush money to Dickson)?

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  6. Considering McCready is a serial bankrupt, tax cheat, has illegally run a business whilst bankrupt, and worst of all, been convicted of blackmail (all verifiable via Google), I doubt Bill English will lose any sleep over this.

    McCready has been close to being declared a vexatious litigant, so he’s not likely to get too many favours from the courts. He has Penny Bright tagging along with him now, which is another handbrake.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 27, 2017

      I’d forgotten the blackmail-thank you ! He really is a nasty man,

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  7. Pete Kane

     /  June 27, 2017

    Police have reopened their investigation into allegations embattled National MP Todd Barclay illegally recorded his electorate staff.
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/94125100/police-reopen-investigation-into-todd-barclay (11.51)

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    • Pete Kane

       /  June 27, 2017

      Bill may now be regretting not having forced a ‘real’ resignation. Tricky either way, but the reality is Todd is in exactly the same status as Chester Borrows and some others.

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 27, 2017

        I think when Barclay was caught out in an absolute lie over whether he had made recordings he was toast.
        He possibly could have hung on, but his reputation was shot.
        The difference between what he did and “mis-speaking” or “not being as clear as he could be” was sufficient enough to warrant jettisoning in an election year.

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    • Tipene

       /  June 27, 2017

      Good to hear – unless the Police haul out their copious pails of whitewash again.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 27, 2017

      Police HQ are beyond pathetic. Just a political wind vane.

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  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 27, 2017

    So on the day NZ wins the Americas Cup we have the political idiots being idiots. Ho hum.

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