So, ‘we-didn’t-know-recording-someone-secretly-was-a-crime’, is the line we’re all running with ok? Dismissed.
The list of batshit crazy things we are being asked to believe in order to accept Bill English’s version of events over what he knew, when he knew and how he knew about Todd Barclay breaking the law is becoming more absurd by the day.
Let’s list them.
1: We didn’t know secretly recording a conversation was illegal
COME ON! How is this absurdity even allowed to stand? The fucking Nats had Radio NZ, the NZ Herald and Fairfax searched by the bloody cops chasing copies of the Teapot Tape recordings for fucks sake! They didn’t know doing what they accused Bradley Ambrose of doing was illegal? But they called the cops on him and the entire mainstream media of NZ!!! How the Christ can they now claim they fucking forgot that it was illegal? Are they goldfish? Does Bill English have the memory of a small child with learning difficulties? This is such horse shit it is utterly unacceptable as an answer.
2: The Barclay tapes are less like established facts and more like Yeti, as in that they are not yet proven or discovered.
Bill’s latest attempt to disentangle himself from this clusterfuck is to claim that actually there might not even be any secretly recorded tapes after all ??? Despite telling the Police that Todd Barclay told him that he had secretly recorded staff, Bill’s now trying to claim on the Nation yesterday that actually the tapes are less like established facts and more like Yeti, as in that they are not yet proven or discovered. This as an assertion is almost vomit inducing in terms of its audacity because Bill English was told by Todd Barclay that Todd Barclay secretly recorded staff!!!!
3: I forgot that I talked to the Police.
When Bill English wasn’t aware the media had his text message that he tried to hide, he claimed he couldn’t remember who had told him what or whom he may have talked to in regards to secret tapes that may or may not have existed. When it became apparent that the media had his text message saying that Todd had told him the tapes existed and they had made a huge pay out, suddenly the Prime Minister suddenly remembered! How miraculous for Bill to suddenly remember he was being untruthful and evasive when being untruthful and evasive was no longer an option. Has someone robbed him into the pope yet for lying?
4: When I said I spoke to the Police, actually they spoke to me.
After insinuating to Parliament that he had spoken to Police as a pro-active step to help investigate Barclay, it then turns out that what really happened was that the Police had to go to Bill English as part of their investigation, he didn’t go to them with what he knew. The PM effectively sold being forced into answering questions to the Police as an act of leadership, he misled the Parliament and now faces calls to be disciplined by the Speaker for his ‘imprecise’ language.
5: My Office didn’t ask for the Police to censor what they released but we did suggest it
The most outrageous of all these lies is that when the Police released their information to media, they redacted Bill’s damning text message. They did this after they contacted the PMs Office to see if the PM wanted that damning piece of evidence censored. The PMs Office replied that while it was totally up to the Police to release what they wanted, in the context of the text message being a private communication it was best they didn’t do that. So effectively, the PMs Office let the police know what the outcome they wanted was, the Police censored the text message and we wouldn’t even know all these lies and cover ups had occurred if the Journalists breaking the story didn’t already have the text message.
This entire event has been a mass of lies, cover ups and distractions to keep NZers from seeing how utterly unethical these people are when push comes to shove. The right might wish to continue attacking Labour over a two month old ‘slave students’ story but the moment Andrew Little was aware of the issues he moved in and immediately took steps to rectify things, here Bill English has lied, covered up and manipulated the truth since this issue first erupted last year.
The message from all of this is very clear, you will be protected by the Police, have your employment issues paid out by the Government and won’t have to adhere to the law like everyone else if you are a mate of the Prime Minister.
Regardless of who you vote for, that alone should shock New Zealanders everywhere.