Clutha Southland people are not impressed by the bugging of their MP, Bill English.
As National deputy leader Bill English weathers controversy after the secret recording of his comments about selling Kiwibank, in the heart of his Clutha-Southland electorate voters were right behind their man.
Mr English was “a straight shooter” and an “absolutely outstanding” politician, said two voters spoken to by The Southland Times yesterday.
In a random poll, voters in Gore saved their harshest criticism for those who secretly taped the conversation during a cocktail function at the National Party’s annual conference and leaked it to the media.
“I think it stinks,” said one woman.
Another person described it as despicable. Most of those spoken to believed the controversy was unlikely to hurt Mr English in the polls.
“He should be a little bit more careful what he says but I don’t think it will cost him much,” said one man.
A woman who had been wavering as who to vote for would now definitely vote for Mr English.
“I think this will bring everyone behind him because it’s dirty tricks,” she said.
A good local MP gets support across party boundaries. Bill is very popular on his home patch , he has earned their loyalty so it’s not surprising his constituents are standing by him.
Mud sticks to the hand that throws it and because of that sometimes the person at whom it is thrown actually comes out cleaner.
Jim Mora’s Panel reckoned there was nothing particularly damaging in the comments which were secretly recorded.
Garth George says it’s the work of a scumbag.
As far as I’m concerned, the whole thing stinks. And it is further evidence, if any were needed, that this nation has not only lost its moral compass, we have smashed it.
And The Herald editorial says MPs will become more wary of discussing sensitive issues which is the public price of this dirty trick.
All of which I agree with. As I blogged yesterday, openness requires trust, that was abused and we will all pay for it if MPs become more guarded.