Just playing YouTube Roulette and came across this:
It the way whole damn thing actually works.
It's not Lorde, it's the whole damn industry.
And has been for a long while now.
I'm totally the guy that wants to give Holden Caulfield a slapping.
Get in line! #whinylittlebitch
Barclay's statement (according to Stuff)
THE STATEMENT IN FULL
I got into politics because I was inspired by the people I worked for, Bill English, Gerry Brownlee and Hekia Parata. I wanted the opportunity to make my contribution too.
It was the proudest moment of my life to have been elected the MP for Clutha-Southland. I have been privileged to serve the people of Clutha-Southland's interests and have thrown my heart and soul into working for them.
I have loved getting to know the 34 communities of this electorate and the people and their concerns have been top of my mind for the past three years. I'm proud of the work I have done, and grateful to have worked with so many passionate and amazing people. Thank you.
I am a proud National Party member. I want to pay tribute to my friends and colleagues in the Party and the National Caucus, who every day are out serving their communities.
In particular, I want to thank Sarah Dowie, MP for Invercargill, for all her support as we've travelled the last three years together.
I don't want the issues that are important to Clutha-Southland and all of New Zealand to be distracted by an employment dispute.
This has been a hard decision to make, but it is in the best interests of our government and the National Party, and I wish the Prime Minister and our team all the best for the General Election.
I want to acknowledge my family and friends, and the local National Party people for all their love and support.
I will not be making any further comment.
At no point does he actually say he's leaving, here, nor does he acknowledge that he's done something he should not have. This is a "It's been great but I'm off to spend more time with my family"-type of valediction.
Somehow, I think there will be further comment, young Todd...
A Soper piece
The smokescreen of "I can't comment - it's an employment matter" as a reason for National MPs to duck questions seems to assume that, while Dickson is the employee, Barclay is the employer, or stands as the employer-surrogate. He really doesn't. Parliamentary Services is the employer of electorate staff, apart from special individuals who may be paid by the party for special work (Lusk comes to mind). Also, the issue appears to have nothing to do with her employment and everything to do with his paranoia.
Barclay has implicated Parliamentary Services as party to an illegal dismissal (perhaps even a fraud) by stating that he had received complaints from the public about "a staff member" and he had passed them on to Parliamentary Services who had undertaken disciplinary action. Parliamentary Services have told Dickson that no complaints were ever received and they had never investigated her or initiated disciplinary action. I don't expect any action from the dishrag we have for a Speaker, but I also know that PS are not an entity you can impugn like that without some comeback.
Apparently the PM is making a statement around 2pm
Sounds like there may also be video recordings, according to Barry Soper. Professionally installed CCTV, no less.
Where did you get that from, Ben?
At one stage I used to see David Farrar socially, but it was difficult to maintain the pretence of civility in the presence of his forthright political assumptions. Viz, less that he was a craven National lackey, more that he overtly assumed that everyone in the group was an amoral sociopath primarily interested in power and money (and that noting being such was a character defect). It made discussing even the weather difficult. Watching his behaviour now it appears that he may have got slightly better at concealing that beneath a veneer of civility, but on the other hand maybe not...
I used to communicate with him when we were both involved in InternetNZ and for that reason I followed him on Twitter and FB. But, like you, it was harder and harder to be civil and, after Dirty Politics came out, I removed him completely from my life. I feel much better for it ;-)
Cray cray extends to our old friend Colin Craig. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/93899563/rachel-macgregor-countersues-colin-craig-for-defamation