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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bill English, bully

Professor Robert Wade of the London School of Economics said our economic policy has been 'set by the top 1 per cent or so for the top 1 per cent', causing Bill English to muscle up and intimidate the fellow.
No surprise here. When a Tory's caught out, the usual defense is belligerent bullying, as our Prime Minister increasingly demonstrates. Now Bill's been revealed as being cut from the same brittle blue cloth.

"A visiting economist has accused Finance Minister Bill English of "bullying" and "menace" after a heated encounter in a TV studio.

Professor Robert Wade of the London School of Economics said Mr English made a stabbing motion with his finger towards his chest and berated him in between their separate appearances on TVNZ's Q+A programme at the weekend. There was no physical contact.

Mr English disagreed with his remarks on inequality and capital gains tax and told him: "Don't you say that again", Prof Wade said.

"I was surprised by the sort of menace in his voice," the academic said yesterday. "He was like a schoolmaster and he sort of jabbed his finger in the direction of my chest like a school master wagging the finger."


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