Media obsession with Barclay continues

Todd Barclay was a minor National back bencher and is not standing in this year’s election. But the disproportionate media obsession with him looks set to continue.

Stuff yesterday:  National MP Todd Barclay will return to Parliament on Tuesday – Bill English

Disgraced Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay is returning to Parliament after a three-week hiatus.

Prime Minister Bill English confirmed on Monday that Barclay is on his way to Wellington and was expected back in Parliament on Tuesday.

Barclay resurfaced for the first time last Tuesday when he posted on his Facebook page that he was still working on constituent issues, along with a photo of him holding what appeared to be a child’s letter of support.

Up until last week, Barclay had barely been seen since his resignation on June 21, apart from a sighting at Queenstown’s Pig and Whistle earlier in the month.

Questions have been raised about what Barclay has been doing in his electorate while he continues to sit on a $170,000 parliamentary salary until the election in September.

This morning:

The side show looks set to continue.

28 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  July 25, 2017

    God the msm’s pathetic.

    • PDB

       /  July 25, 2017

      “Walked through the front by himself”

      Did he need assistance from others before his indiscretion? If so it’s like the disabled getting out of their wheelchairs and running a marathon and therefore reporting of the highest order.

  2. sorethumb

     /  July 25, 2017

    Did Todd Barclay meet with Donald Trump? Did they discuss Russian attempts to interfere in the US election?
    Would Vladimir Putin have beaten Hillary Clinton?

  3. sorethumb

     /  July 25, 2017

    On Media Watch RNZ they discuss Todd Barclay and how they were fobbed off. “Given the amount of distrust of the media”, this could have been construed as….”

  4. What about Matt and Andy’s interns? ” Meet Metiria’s former flatmates” or “How former MP and Piupiu’s granny justifies rort “

    • Blazer

       /  July 25, 2017

      Sorry…non events.Barclay and his close connection to English. .is.Its about. .integrity.

      • In your world and those of your ilk blazer.

        The NZ public have practically forgotten Barclay and he’s absolutely OTWO. Unlike Mme Larper, Ms McGillicuddy Serious and Awkward Andy who remain as LEADERS of a most necessary and joined at the hip coalition, Barclay is sitting at the all-aboard-for-Siberia station.

        N.B. OTOW = On the way out.

    • Gezza

       /  July 25, 2017

      Well, exactly trav. Much more interesting & relevant to an upcoming election, I would have thought. We’ve all seen Todd in his undies now. It’s just awful they’re now apparently trying to catch him in the shower! National tried to hide an embarrassing mess under the carpet. Storm in a teacup.

      Whereas these other matters of interest you raise – they’re about integrity.

      • There’s a good lad, get that tongue out if your cheek, take a dose of Magnesium and say after me…..

        Trav is almost always right!!

        • Gezza

           /  July 25, 2017

          Sure:

          after me ….. Trav is almost always right!!

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  July 25, 2017

            Manipulative sod, Sir Gerald. Take an uptick for that outrage.

      • Blazer

         /  July 25, 2017

        Integrity…add transparency and..accountability. ..foreign fields for Billy and..Co.

        • Gezza

           /  July 25, 2017

          Well, you know, it was fukn embarrassing as hell for the poor sods. But really, no harm done. These other two – they’re actually looking pretty damn dodgy. Really, the msm should be looking into them a lot more closely than they are. And they shouldn’t really get near the levers of power. Both of them seem to be deluded fools as well. We’ll see. Their parties need better.

  5. Jay3

     /  July 25, 2017

    Both RNZ and Newhub’s obsession with Barclay has pretty much degenerated into outright bullying. It begs the rather uncomfortable question what kind of reaction are they trying to provoke from him?

    • “It begs the rather uncomfortable question what kind of reaction are they trying to provoke from him?”

      Just anything I think.

      The contrast with the free pass largely extended to Awkard Andy/Missing in action Matt/p and Mendacious Metiria couldn’t be more stark. Where’s the doorstepping of Perfidious Paul Hartley asking for an explanation. Where’s the interviews with the IRD on paternal obligations?

      • Blazer

         /  July 25, 2017

        An avid Algerian alliteration artiste ….awesome.

    • Gezza

       /  July 25, 2017

      A breakdown. They actually want blood. For the spectacle.

  6. Patzcuaro

     /  July 25, 2017

    Do MPs who lose either an electorate or list seat get a severance payment? I had in the back of my mind that it used to be 3 months pay.

  7. oldlaker

     /  July 25, 2017

    I think the MSM want to see Barclay do his job and earn his handsome salary. As his employer, I’m keen to see him work for it. There’s nothing vindictive about that.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  July 25, 2017

      It’s just a rolling hit job and has descended to bullying…. Fraser House nice today?

      • duperez

         /  July 25, 2017

        Is there a special word for “bully being bullied”?

        Poor, sad Todd will be strengthened by knowing that boxes of tear soaked tissues are being used with him in mind.

        • Gezza

           /  July 25, 2017

          Jesus, dupers. What did the rotten little twerp do to ya, mate? Did he record you writing something nasty about him here, or something?

          • duperez

             /  July 25, 2017

            The saga has the tissue bill up that’s all. Don’t worry though, not in sadness sorrow and upset, at the tears of laughter at the still evolving spectacle!

            Phase #28 has everyone saying prayers for the man-child politician, old enough to be the youngest MP, too old to be mothered by the local matriarchs, but now young enough to need mothering by the nation. Mothered in his hour of need after the years of being bullied. Let your dreadful “rotten little twerp” will be the last of the nastiness. By the time the election comes around he should be up for an award at the Halbergs, by this time next year he’ll be the Son of God. 😊🙃

        • Trevors_elbow

           /  July 25, 2017

          Oh look a lefty rolling over on principles…. again. How surprising.

        • You condone bullying obviously Dupe – hence you support for the relentless beating of a deadman walking [in a political sense]

          Your true nature revealed, what a surprise

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