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What's today's version, Prime Minister?

Published: Thu 19 Aug 1999 11:00 AM
Labour Leader Helen Clark said today that the Prime Minister's constantly shifting stance on her involvement, and the involvement of her staff, with Timberlands and its public relations company comes as no surprise.
"A clear pattern of behaviour develops when Mrs Shipley is under pressure. Initial statements are qualified and then qualified again in a way which contradicts her earlier blustering assertions.
"Mrs Shipley's pattern of denials over the Timberlands scandal parallels her pattern of denials over the Kevin Roberts and John Hawkesby fiascos.
"In such matters, the public acknowledges that one lapse is careless. A second raises questions. A third, as in this case, points to a serious pattern of behaviour.
"Under pressure this Prime Minister changes her story," Helen Clark said.

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