We must question the Nats about the Todd Barclay cover-ups
By Mandy Hager
I notice that the Todd Barclay debacle has disappeared from the main TV and radio news by Tuesday night (29th June).
But there are still several important questions that need honest and transparent answers, something sadly lacking from the government to date.
And we all need to keep asking the National candidates for honest answers
- If both John Key and Bill English knew Todd Barclay had possibly breached the law by making secret recordings, why did they allow his re-selection?
- Why does Bill English think it’s acceptable that he didn’t ask Barclay to stand down, instead insisting that the decision was up to Barclay? Does this not make him complicit after the fact and show gross negligence as a leader?
- Who sanctioned the money from the Leader’s Fund and why was it used to cover up a potential crime? Should this not be further investigated, as abuse of public funds?
- Why, if there is no case to answer, as English said, was this additional payment made at all?
- Why did Bill English change his story so many times? It’s incomprehensible that he could have forgotten being interviewed by the police or did not have a personal interest in the case.
- What happened to the recordings?
- Why should we believe Bill English’s support of the NZ Defence Force position on the video evidence surrounding the Hit and Run allegations, when he has clearly shown via the Todd Barclay issue that he plays fast and loose with the truth?
- Who made the allegations about the Labour Party interns, which were perfectly timed to deflect pressure away from Bill English over the Barclay incident?
Keep up the questioning
It behoves us all to keep raising these questions, particularly once the government starts electioneering.
This issue strikes to the very heart of our democratic process and the trustworthiness of our politicians.
Be stroppy. Speak out. Go to meetings and ask the questions!