IPCA complaint laid over Barclay investigation

Someone has laid a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority over the handling of the inquiry into Todd Barclay last year.

The Police had reopened their inquiry last week.

Stuff:  Complaint over police handling of Todd Barclay case received by Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has received a complaint about police handling of the original investigation into the allegations of embattled National MP Todd Barclay’s involvement in a secret taping scandal.

Last week police re-opened the case and authority case resolution manager Sarah Goodall said the complaint about the original investigation was received on June 21, sparked by renewed media interest in the case.

It came from someone not personally involved in the case and was thus classified as a “principled complaint,” Goodall said.

“We are currently assessing information in accordance with our normal processes and determining what, if any, action to take,” Goodall said.

I really don’t know what the point of this complaint is. Trying to make a point or pressure the Police into doing more when inquiring into matters involving politicians?

This complaint shouldn’t affect the current inquiry, unless the aim is to apply more pressure on the Police.

Barclay has already lost his political career.  There has already been a confidential employment settlement that seems to have involved a substantial sum of money.

The recording allegation hardly seems to be a major crime – many didn’t realise it was a crime. Video recordings are legal, audio are illegal in some circumstances.

11 Comments

  1. Tipene

     /  July 3, 2017

    I wonder if its more about the rapidly growing perception that there are two levels of justice, and someone has just had a gutsful of the Police wimping out when faced with holding their political masters to account.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  July 3, 2017

      What rapidly growing perception ? Generalise, do. It’s an insult to both police and politicians to say such a thing.

      I wonder if it’s that serial nuisance, Graham McGreedy-For-Attention ?

      • duperez

         /  July 3, 2017

        I sure when incidents like this happen there are perceptions around them. The ‘tea tape’ business with Bradley Ambrose happened, this thing happens, people have perceptions.

        Same as the Peter Thiel thing. Over the years there are numbers of accounts of people seemingly worthy of residency or citizenship who are turned down and then the Thiel thing happens. perceptions are formed.

        Those might be generalisations but they are fact.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  July 3, 2017

          The tea tape thing was years ago. That wasn’t John Key making a recording, it was a private conversation of his being recorded.

          Peter Thiel has nothing to do with this. As the minister said, he was one of many who were exceptions. There is usually very good reason why people are turned down, but they don’t tell us what the reason is, of course.

          One can’t, of course, stop the sloppy thinkers who think that one case makes a general rule, not being able to see that one is too small a sample to prove anything.

          • duperez

             /  July 3, 2017

            My post was simply that people have perceptions, whether they’re rational or not. Tipene said there’s a growing perception that there are two levels of justice. I don’t know about ‘growing’ but my view is that some definitely think there are two levels of justice.
            There are perceptions that it is easier to get residency or citizenship if you are wealthy. Easier meaning the process itself as well as the likelihood of having it granted.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  July 3, 2017

    The recording allegation hardly seems to be a major crime – many didn’t realise it was a crime. Video recordings are legal, audio are illegal in some circumstances.
    Its all right when John Key and Bill English and the National party do it,just saying,but god forbid if ANGRY ANDY was as corrupt…

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  July 3, 2017

      He was done for slander, the party has been in trouble over ‘interns’….

      It’s ridiculous to say that it’s all right when John Key et al do it. They don’t do it, one person in the party did it. It’s not corrupt in any sense of the word. No personal gain was made.

      • duperez

         /  July 3, 2017

        What’s personal gain? For Todd Barclay was losing the services of Glenys Dickson personal gain? Or was it meant to be for personal gain but ended up the opposite?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  July 3, 2017

          Corruption in this sort of context surely implies some sort of personal gain. It is by definition connected with bribery and wrong-doing.

          • Tipene

             /  July 3, 2017

            Defence of innocence (whether innocent or not) is by definition a personal gain, Kitty Catkin.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  July 4, 2017

              There’s no point in trying to convince someone who believes that that they are not right.