Clarke on Clarke


Things have been pretty quiet on the Clarke Gayford front in the last month or so after false rumours were circulating about him causing the police to intervene. You might think that this was a case of someone in the public eye not understanding the risks of drawing attention to himself and that he might watch himself in the future. If you thought that, you would be wrong. In this article from?Newstalk ZB, Clarke, who forced the media not to talk about the false rumours about him decided to bring the subject back from the dead by talking about it himself. Quote:

Clarke Gayford has spoken about being smeared as the subject of a false rumour campaign, saying the experience has left him feeling “completely cynical”.

In an interview with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand this morning, the partner of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was asked about being the subject – over several months on social media and via word of mouth – of untrue allegations and accusations.

But this morning, Gayford told Hill he had a different view now when he heard “whispering” about other people.

“Now I’m completely cynical [things I hear] about other people.”

Hill asked Gayford if he had audited his life, given he was now in the spotlight.

“We were all young once … did any of it make you nervous?” Hill asked. End quote.

You can’t help wondering which Clarke disliked the most; the nasty rumours about him, or the fact that in stopping them he also stopped people talking about him. I lean towards the latter as there was absolutely no need for him to bring the story up again.

But wait! There’s more! Just in case you had actually forgotten about the whole sorry incident (Heaven forbid) there was?another article yesterday on?Stuff?that keeps the story alive… even though we are still not allowed to talk about it. Quote:

The Prime Minister’s office played no part in instructing police to release a statement about Clarke Gayford’s involvement in any investigation.

In recent months Gayford, the partner of Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, has been subject to claims that have circulated on social media and by word of mouth.

In May, Police National Headquarters took the unusual step of releasing?a statement on the matter.

“While in general we do not respond to enquiries which seek to confirm if individuals are under police investigation, on this occasion we can say that Mr?Gayford?is not and has not been the subject of any police inquiry, nor has he been charged in relation to any matter,” it said. End quote.

Must be time for a Tui. Yes, the police do this all the time, they leap in when people are being falsely accused of things and clear their names immediately! Don’t they?

Well, no. They don’t. It looks most likely that the Prime Minister’s office did in fact approach the police and ask them to make a statement. After all, why else would they do it? Do they simply have too much time on their hands? Quote:

In response to an Official Information Act request, Ardern’s chief of staff Mike Munro said he received two text messages from the Police Commissioner’s chief of staff about the matter.

“On 18 April 2018 I received an unsolicited message from the Police Commissioner’s Chief of Staff as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff. She asked to speak to me about a matter.

“I returned her message with a phone call and was informed that media were making inquiries at Police Headquarters relating to the prime minister’s partner and his alleged involvement in a ‘scandal’,” Munro said. End quote.

That bridge salesman is doing a roaring trade these days. It seems that Clarke subscribes to the well-known mantra that it doesn’t matter what they are saying about you, so long as they are talking about you. If you can stop the nasty rumours from going public AND keep people talking about you, well that is even better.