Back to Clark and Her Misfeasance, Dissembling and General Mendaciousness.
Clark is doomed because whether she was actually behind the leaking of Brash's marital problems or the theft of parliamentary money to fund her election campaign the electorate now believes she would have done those things if able. She has lost any trust she had with the electorate.
There are many famous sayings that perhaps cannot be actually attributed to the utterer. What is important is these misquotations live on for a reason - Burke may never have said: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Likewise Voltaire may never have said: "I disagree with what you say, but I defend to the death your right to say it". But they could easily have done.
The same is especially true of politicians' misquotations:
I raise this in the context of Cherie Blair's recent brush with the truth over whether she did or did not say Gordon Brown was a liar. Whether or not she said "That's a lie" about Gordon Brown, the words will be remembered because, deep down, we know them to be true.
We see the same here with Helen Clark - the speeding motorcade, the fraudulent picture signing, The Doone Affair, the benighted relationship she and Labour MP's have with the Police (who only prosecute National MP's), the theft of public money for electoral purposes, her unsubstantiated accusations of corruption and 'cash for policy', the shambolic and protracted Philip Field Affair, etc etc.
We know she is adept at hiding the truth - therefore she is hiding the truth.
With thanks to the Daily Telegraph