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Last week I was won­der­ing where our lo­cal MP Todd Bar­clay was.

On Mon­day af­ter­noon I found out. He was at the pub. At least, he was stand­ing out­side The Pig and Whis­tle talk­ing on his phone when I saw him.

Given that he hasn’t been an­swer­ing the phone to any of our jour­nal­ists, nor when we have called by his Ar­row­town home for a visit, and given that we are re­ally keen to know when he is re­turn­ing to his job as our elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive, which he is still be­ing paid for even though he dis­ap­peared from pub­lic life af­ter an­nounc­ing he wouldn’t stand for re-elec­tion in De­cem­ber two weeks ago, I grabbed the op­por­tu­nity for a con­ver­sa­tion.

I waited 10 min­utes for him to fin­ish his phone call but all he had to say to me was ’’I’m not go­ing to be speak­ing to any­body’’ sev­eral times and the fact that he was ‘‘tak­ing a bit of a break’’, be­fore head­ing in­side.

We look for­ward to your re­turn Todd.

deb­bie.jamieson@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz

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