Bill English has always claimed that he had very little knowledge over the Todd Barclay spying scandal, despite originally denying any interaction, then admitting interaction, then claiming the tape might not exist, then admitting he had been offered to hear the tape that he just claimed might not exist, despite all that and despite the staff member being his former secretary, apparently Bill had very little to do with anything.
So why did Bill English send over 450 texts to the staff member?
It’s been revealed Bill English sent hundreds of text messages to his former electorate staffer Glenys Dickson in the months leading up to her resignation.
The Prime Minister has previously insisted he had limited knowledge of the dispute brewing between Clutha Southland MP Todd Barclay and Ms Dickson over alleged secret recordings, which resulted in her being paid out.
Not one to be upstaged by Labour’s leadership bomb, Winston Peters lobbed his own political hand grenade at the Prime Minister, outing Bill English’s text-fest with the former electorate staffer, right up until the day before she walked out.
“Why did he send over 450 texts to Glenys Dickson early in the morning and late in the night, 12 months before she resigned on February 7, 2016?”
English’s response was on high rotate: “No matter of ministerial responsibility so can’t comment on it any further.”
“Just the same answer.
“I don’t have any ministerial responsibility for that.”
Mr Peters was quick to respond: “What phone were you using if it’s of no matter to the taxpayer?”
It’s unclear what Bill English knew, and when, about the secret recordings, payout and resignation.
But according to Mr Peters the man who says he knew close to zero had been text-bombing Dickson – sending her 22 messages the day before she bailed out and more than 25 more the week after.
The Prime Minister has declined to comment.
Bill English has attempted to hide his involvement, hide his knowledge of what he knew, and hide when he knew it throughout this Barclay fiasco.
What is Bill English hiding?