Is the Todd Barclay scandal the National Government’s 2017 version of Dirty Politics? Of course there are key differences, but there are also plenty of parallels. Either way, National will be hoping it’s a scandal with as little impact on the final election result.
In the Herald yesterday, Paul Little also drew direct parallels between the 2014 and 2017 scandals, suggesting that the latest one “did answer one question – whether the sorts of practices Nicky Hager called dirty politics and which its practitioners like to call by the self-romanticising name ‘the dark arts’ are still part of political culture? You bet. The least reprehensible of these practices is diversion – preventing people from looking at things you don’t want them to see” – see: The dark arts are still with us.