Interesting going over old material on the Mike Williams secret recordings.
There are some big differences, most notibly that Mike Williams
a) was speaking to a large audience
b) that audience was people who would be running the campaign, who could influence it by their actions on the street
b) was telling them how to get around the law
c) was suggesting that Labour effectively steal taxpayer’s money again by using government pamphlets instead of spending money on their own
d) lied like a fish drinking when he was found out
Compare that to Bill English’s private conversation with (what he thought was) a random party member in a personal conversation, making what were really quite general remarks on a few random policies. Once found out he took responsibility for his actions.
Here’s the video of Mike.