Banks to resign on Friday

June 8th, 2014 at 7:56 pm by David Farrar

announced:

“Further to the of the decision of the High Court at Auckland last Thursday,  I will  resign the seat of Epsom effective from 5pm this Friday the 13th of  June 2014” Mr Banks said.
 
“I will write to the Speaker tomorrow advising him of my resignation, said Mr Banks.
 
“This timeframe allows a number of constituency, administrative and staffing matters in Epsom and Wellington to be dealt with over the next few days.
 
“I have been privileged to serve the people of Epsom and New Zealand at both a local level and in Wellington. 
 
“I have given my heart and soul over four decades to making a worthwhile contribution to this country.  I have always endeavoured to do the right thing.  Consequently I am deeply saddened at this turn of events.
 
“As the matter is still before the Court I will be making no further comment” said Mr Banks.
As I blogged on Friday I believe this is the honourable thing to do, rather than wait for the formal conviction to be entered.
The House resumes on 17 June, and there will be five sitting weeks until the House rises on 31 July.
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72 Responses to “Banks to resign on Friday”

  1. Rich Prick (1,700 comments) says:

    Absolutely the right thing for Banks to do. Hopefully he will maintain some dignity.

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  2. David Garrett (7,271 comments) says:

    Ah there you are DPF…just when I thought you must be at some play or other cultural event…

    Yes, it is the honourable thing to do…a dreadful end to a very long career in public service…

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  3. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    Banks would have looked a lot better if he’d pleaded guilty to this from the start. His claims of not remembering his chopper trip to the mansion etc put a bit of pressure on his claims to be an “honest man”.

    That said, the conviction should be set aside. Helen Clark and Winston Peters were alleged to have committed graver offences but were not prosecuted because of police apathy.

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  4. dad4justice (8,219 comments) says:

    I have nothing but admiration for a politician who can fall on one’s sword.

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  5. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    “…a dreadful end to a very long career in public service…”

    FFS, get some perspective.

    Its not really.

    Its not as if he stole public money for his political campaign, or sexually assaulted some young man, or gave out state secrets to some honey trap so called “journalist”.

    Its a conviction for a very minor offence and against a law that shouldn’t really exist.

    As usual DG, you’re too quick to buy into the left wing mainstream media meme.

    You have to fight these bastards, not join them.

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  6. Rich Prick (1,700 comments) says:

    Red, interesting perspective, and bang on, actually. We would do well to reflect on what you have said.

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  7. Paul Marsden (998 comments) says:

    I’ve been an admirer of Banksie for years and what he has accomplished in life, but on this occasion, he has been hoist by his own petard. It surely must be obvious to anyone with a functioning neuron that Banks has been economical with the truth in this matter, and he should have been astute enough to know that.

    To err is human, so give the man a break. In the overall scheme of things, I’m sure this will be just another “pfft” moment in the story of his life. Ironically, Banks may just be the sacrificial lamb that is required to bring all those arrogant, self serving politicians to heel..

    Being retired from politics will be the best thing the man has done in a while. Go well Mr. Banks

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  8. Psycho Milt (2,412 comments) says:

    I have nothing but admiration for a politician who can fall on one’s sword.

    A pedant writes: fall on his sword. A politician falling on “one’s” sword effectively means he falls on yours, not his, which sounds unfortunately like the kind of activity you find anything but admirable…

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  9. Scott1 (550 comments) says:

    When someone does the right thing they deserve credit.
    So full credit to Banks.

    Also I give him credit for taking the time to finish the unspecific issues as this strikes me as being likely to be the right thing to do – at least in regard to some things.

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  10. David Garrett (7,271 comments) says:

    Fuck you are tiresome Red…You don’t agree his career has come to an ignominious end then?

    It doesn’t matter a rats rectum whether it SHOULD have or not.. it has…mine came to an ignominious end because of some foolishness 27 years earlier…and I am well aware of your view of my resignation, but you didn’t have to tuck up my kids, one of whom asked “Will the media come tonight Dad?” You’d never experience anything like that because you are the quintessential armchair warrior/expert…

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  11. lilman (958 comments) says:

    Banks is a superior Human in every respect and Cunliffe,Mallard and that arseworm little,who got shafted by New Plymouth last Election are nothing but lying ,dishonest cowards.
    Banks goes and they remain,now where’s the justice in that.

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  12. dad4justice (8,219 comments) says:

    My bad psycho melt pity Aunty Helen didn’t fall on her sword after committing fraud etc.. etc…

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  13. Psycho Milt (2,412 comments) says:

    Its a conviction … against a law that shouldn’t really exist.

    Funny, that’s what everyone convicted of a drug offence tells himself, and you’d like those guys treated Singapore-style. Whether a law should exist or not is in the eye of the beholder – its actual existence isn’t, and it’s that you need to take account of when deciding whether to ask your donor to split the payment in two so you can pretend you don’t have to declare it.

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  14. Nostradamus (3,324 comments) says:

    The man who describes himself as the Leader of the Opposition, David Cunliffe, has issued a media release:

    John Banks’ resignation was inevitable but should have come a lot sooner, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

    “The only reason Mr Banks has remained in Parliament for so long is because John Key and National needed his vote.

    “This government’s mandate has rested on a man found guilty of a serious electoral offence; on Peter Dunne, stripped of his ministerial warrants after he lost the trust of the Prime Minister having allegedly leaked a classified GCSB report; and on a Maori Party cravenly propping up the government.

    “The Banks saga has underlined how desperate National is to stay in power. New Zealanders are now asking serious questions about the integrity of this government,” David Cunliffe said.

    That media release makes an interesting contrast from this one back in 2009:

    Labour acknowledges the jury’s decision today on charges brought against Taito Phillip Field after a long and difficult trial, Labour Chief Whip Darren Hughes said.

    “Mr Field was expelled from the Labour Party in 2007. Labour has acted in good faith throughout this process.

    “The jury has decided that Mr Field acted illegally.

    “The judge is yet to sentence Mr Field. Labour will make no further comment.”

    As DPF blogged at the time, Labour could only bring themselves to “acknowledge” the decision. This, as we all know, followed Labour’s prolonged defence of Field between 12 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 – see DPF’s detailed timeline here. And, for good measure, Field was actually expelled from Labour for the cardinal sin of not ruling out standing for another party at the election – nothing to do with his other shady activities.

    So, once again, Labour expose themselves as complete hypocrites.

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  15. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    DG the end of your career was far more ignominious than Banksie’s. At least he didn’t help kill a party, it was already on life support by the time he got to it.

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  16. doggone7 (801 comments) says:

    lilman: “Banks goes and they remain,now where’s the justice in that.”

    Maybe you get that in the sort of place where a Minister of Justice shows the qualities we have seen demonstrated. Ironic eh?

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  17. David Garrett (7,271 comments) says:

    Another fucking armchair warrior…and one hiding behind a pseud at that…what a brave boy you are Gary…

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  18. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    Banks resignation is the action of an honourable man. I simply don’t give a flying fuck what the left say about Banks.

    Those low life on the left who love to have a crack at Banks have never known poverty like Banks, never known what it is to be shunted from foster home to foster home, never known what it is like to be dirt poor.

    Of course the real reason they hate Banks is because he made it, he lifted himself out of the gutter and her became a man of honour (and remains one to this day).

    If I was lucky enough to know Banks and call him my friend any conviction that he may have entered against his name would not deter me from remaining his friend, nor would it reduce any pride I would have in that friendship.

    I just hope that Mr Banks takes solace from the fact that he has achieved more on live that any of those on the left who are dancing on his political grave.

    While I am on the subject of the left’s gratuitous enjoyment of Mr Banks current predicament I would like to remind each and every one of them that there time will come, very soon one of yours will fall and I can assure you from my point of view that I am not above making a meal of their demise, not only will I dance on their political grave but I will also take a bloody good piss on it as well.

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  19. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    Psycho Mutt- If it was in my power I would:

    1) Stop all govt funding of political parties

    2) Wipe all laws and regulations regarding funding from the books.

    Political parties should be free to collect money from whoever they want whenever they want and there should be no restrictions upon how much is spent or collected either.

    As far as declaring who or where the money came from, this should be entirely voluntary.

    The laws surrounding electoral finance are just socialist bullshit.

    I’m no fan of the fantasy based “level playing field” mantra the left promote. I say let’s have open slather and may the best man/ party win.

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  20. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    Whilst no fan of Banks, he has done the right and honourable thing.

    As for Cunn.liffe’s bleating, what a complete and utter fucking hypocrite. Where was his dissenting voice about Field? Where did he call for him to resign?

    People remember that shit Cunn.liffe. And your bleating is taken within the context of what we know of you, and what we see of your caucus. Go back to your secret trust set up with the flea lawyer, and hang your head in shame.

    Sue Bradford, John Banks. They understand. You, you weaselly little shit, you arent fit to lick their boots, either of them.

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  21. Paul Marsden (998 comments) says:

    Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but events like this make me reflect on the true character of Helen Clark. How could she stand aside and remain mute in her defence of the police, that were prosecuted for escorting her above the speed limit, all those years ago..??

    For this event alone, she disgusts me as leader

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  22. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Hook, line, and sinker. Every time. Never fails to amuse me.

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  23. David Garrett (7,271 comments) says:

    Amused are you Gary? I just have contempt for you mate…you’d never dare come near me in real life…

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  24. Redbaiter (8,810 comments) says:

    DG, I saw your new man for Epsom with Lisa Owen today. He allowed that propagandizing socialist twit to walk all over him.

    Furthermore, it is obvious ACT had done no contingency planning or whatever for what course of action they should take in case of Bank’s conviction.

    One of your senior party officials said he’d been overseas for five weeks and didn’t have a clue what was going on.

    What a basket case outfit.

    I’d actually like to see ACT get up and run, but right now they’re looking like a bunch of political cripples.

    It would be a good thing for them to remember as strongly as they can the simple fact that they have never been liked by the left wing mainstream media.

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  25. RF (1,396 comments) says:

    Big Bruv. 8.42pm. Well put Sir….. I like the cut of your jib.

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  26. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    DG I don’t have contempt for you. I have pity.

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  27. David Garrett (7,271 comments) says:

    Red: Being a loyal party member I will keep my thoughts on Mr Whyte to myself…except to say that even before this setback he had his work cut out for him.

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  28. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Yeah it’s pretty hard to recover from having an MP who stole a dead infant’s identity.

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  29. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    gazzmaniac

    I would wager that you have not achieved on tenth of what David Garrett has achieved in life. You strike me as being a bludger who is envious of those who have succeeded in life.

    I imagine you want the trappings of success but like lost of your ilk you are just too fucking lazy to bother, much easier for scum like you to follow a political party that promises you the rewards of other peoples work.

    You Sir are the one who is deserved of pity, you Sir are a loser.

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  30. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    DG

    ACT will win Epsom again, nothing us surer than that. Take solace from the fact that this will wind up the scum on the left more than anything.

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  31. dad4justice (8,219 comments) says:

    “Yeah it’s pretty hard to recover from having an MP who stole a dead infant’s identity.”

    Karma always wins in the end.

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  32. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    bb – you must be pretty perceptive to be able to work all that out from one thread of trolling.

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  33. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    gazzamaniac

    I am very perceptive, I also note that you did not refute one single word of what I said about you.

    Over time it becomes clear what type of person has a crack at people like David Garrett, they are always the same. Each and every one of them is a parasite who wants life handed to them on a plate, most are failures, most are doing nothing more than existing waiting in vain hope for a left wing messiah to lift them out of their miserable existence and in doing so providing gratuitous entertainment for scum like you in being able to watch the so called rich taxed out of existence.

    Vermin like you hate the rich not because they are wealthy, you hate them because they are a constant reminder just how miserable your life has been and just how hopeless your future is.

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  34. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Ha ha as long as you think so.

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  35. RF (1,396 comments) says:

    I smell the stench of knuckle dragging trolls and Orks from the left. They appear to be following instructions to slither over from the standard to infiltrate this blog.

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  36. Dead Earnest (160 comments) says:

    The left have their scalp tonight and gloat they will.
    But woe betide those who have put there confidence in the shadow of the “fat controller”.
    Beware, Hone, Minto, and Harre, he cares no more for you than he cared for Banks.
    You are but expenable pawns in his endgame to manipulate our democratic system to pervert the course of justice.
    “Retire in Peace” Bankie, at least you will sleep easily tonight.

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  37. Dave Mann (1,218 comments) says:

    My God, gazzmaniac , you are pathetic.

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  38. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    gazzmaniac

    Oh I know so, don’t worry about that.

    Now run along, I imagine that you have to keep a careful eye on how much power you use, don’t want you to have to lift yourself off the couch tomorrow and waddle down to WINZ looking for another hand out to pay the power bill.

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  39. David Garrett (7,271 comments) says:

    Dead Ernest: spot on…as you say, his current playmates are but the latest pawns in the Fat Controller’s game…In a sense it doesn’t much better if Graeme Edgeler’s Frankenstein like creation gets two or three MP’s in…being lefties and racists the whole sorry shooting box would blow apart very quickly…no need for the six week sunset clause on their agreement…

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  40. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    Yeah it’d terrible to make those evil privately owned power companies some extra money. At least it’s environmentally friendly. By choice of course.
    [/sarcasm]

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  41. mjw (396 comments) says:

    I agree, Banks has done the right thing and we should cut him some slack, and respect the long contribution he has made. I hope he pops back up in some positive role, much as I might disagree with him one some issues politically. I have no doubt that he will bounce back.

    But as for those harking back to Helen Clark … that was a loooong time ago, and she LOST the next election. Saying that things are no worse than they were in Labour’s third term is hardly a recommendation.

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  42. OneTrack (3,089 comments) says:

    gazzmaniac – Your trolling is getting painful. Maybe time to move on?

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  43. Keeping Stock (10,337 comments) says:

    The Left can gloat tonight. But if you listen closely, you’ll hear the sound of WO’s B52 doing a recongniscence run before it starts bombing missions nearer to the election. Such fun!

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  44. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    I see Labour and Little are calling for an inquiry as to why the Police didn’t charge Banks in the first place. I hope that the Police take this as a go ahead to take another look at the dozens of irregularities concerning Labour and electoral law.

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  45. Rich Prick (1,700 comments) says:

    KS, I picked up on that too. I think there will be some significant fall-out from various associations with Dotcom. I for one, shall be watching with interest. By the way, does anyone know where he get’s his onesies, I want one for the Sevens.

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  46. Nostalgia-NZ (5,198 comments) says:

    Won’t the left push for a by-election now? It would make sense if they did because National would resist to a point where an argument could be advanced that they were defending their ‘mates’ – that the Epsom seat has been corrupted for years and not going to the polls was a confirmation. There’s a hint here of the long term decision by the Government not to move on Banks earlier coming back to bite. Better this was over an the time of Banks indictment, or thereabouts, with the door left open to him. Now it can look to be that ‘power’ can overlook corruption for political ends. This is fertile ground going into the general election, hard to say if the left have the smarts to facilitate the opportunity, yet it looks to be a potential gift. As it prevails a whole election could ‘swing’ on Epsom with the argument that everything that is ‘wrong’ about the Government is epitomised by the electorate of Epsom and the way the Government have been wilfully blind, and manipulating by turn, there. Interesting.

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  47. Duxton (651 comments) says:

    mjw – While it might have been a long time since Helen Hairy-Lip’s fraud, there is no reason at all why anyone should refrain from bringing it up again, and again….and again. Maybe it needs to be brought up on the international stage.

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  48. goldnkiwi (1,304 comments) says:

    Banks on radio coming up to the election?

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  49. cha (4,010 comments) says:

    WO’s B52 doing a recongniscence run before it starts bombing missions nearer to the election

    Yeah, he blew two minute Len to….oh wait….

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  50. Rich Prick (1,700 comments) says:

    cha, WO let loose after Len was elected, imagine if he’d had those affidavits before the vote! Len would have been swimming in his own puddle of jizz. So to speak. Yik.

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  51. Nostalgia-NZ (5,198 comments) says:

    2 other interesting points. 1 being that legislation is in place about bye elections, a recognition that any decisions can ultimately lie with the Courts as it should in a democracy. 2 the subtle comfort of the ‘secret services’ and the their opportunity to ‘dig the dirt’ coming into an election or at any other time – if it’s true that such things happen, it would be hard not to believe that a good part of that 4million, or some other such fund, was doing that work now and has been for some time.

    On the same point, it’s clear that Liu is a vulnerable issue for Williamson and maybe others – if only because he has a history of ‘selling out’ or singing for his supper as he did regarding that Government official in China who is now imprisoned for 13 years.

    All in all, hardly an ‘average’ election looming it seems.

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  52. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Once again the left can only claim high ground by doing a better job of dancing on the head of a pin. Len – resign !

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  53. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    Banks has taken a few days to face the gravity of the guilty verdict and I guess that’s reasonable. Done the right thing though, not many who’ve faced allegations like this have so good on him.

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  54. Anthony (796 comments) says:

    I was wondering about the by-election point too. Given Epsom is hardly an electorate full of people Labour considers to be worse off under this government (I don’t believe the less well off are worse off but that’s another story) I can’t see the left wing parties generating much positive publicity for themselves from a by-election in Epsom. This means supporting a by-election could back fire on the left?

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  55. Mark Craig (31 comments) says:

    Whale (flubberguts) Oil is a premature ejaculator,he has already spunked his load,figuratively speaking

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  56. IC5000 (112 comments) says:

    “big bruv (12,630 comments) says:
    June 8th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Over time it becomes clear what type of person has a crack at people like David Garrett, they are always the same.”

    No, I dislike David Garrett because he committed multiple criminal offences and subsequently lied about it. It’s a pity that the law society doesn’t take a harder line on criminals masquerading as lawyers but they protect their own. David Garrett’s hatred of cims reminds me of those catholic priests who in public denigrate gays but then get busted sodomizing alter boys.

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  57. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    If a by election is called for why not a snap election instead.

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  58. adze (2,126 comments) says:

    RN I seem to recall that the voting public don’t like snap elections.. But then we can’t have had that many so who knows.

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  59. tas (625 comments) says:

    Question: Who engineered this? McCready started the private prosecution. But who did the digging? Who read Banks’ 2010 return and figured out that the donations weren’t anonymous? I’m guessing Kim Dotcom played a big role in this from the start.

    I find it fascinating that Banks was convicted solely on the testimony of a convicted fraudster and his supporters, with the judge being fully aware that said fraudster was out to get Banks. I think the judge got this one wrong. Judges are not used to dealing with fraudsters as sophisticated as Dotcom.

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  60. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    tas: McCready had untold assistance from Wellington journalists, even to the point of finance. The fat thieving fraudster has only just started his trouble, he now wants citizenship, and if he does not get it, he will take a hell of a lot more down. He is obviously trying to start a Fourth Reich, along with Hone and Laila. When this honeymoon erupts it will be hilarious. It is sad day to see Banks, who has done so much for different communities, never mentioned by him or media. A bit different to Goff in a suit playing to his media mates at the Rena. The judge that got it wrong was an appointee of Michael Cullen . . . end of story!

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  61. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Gazzmaniac: You are typical of the left, shoot your ignorant mouth off at anyone who has achieved, seeing as they are exactly what you would like to be. You know you are a loser, a failure, and a nothing. Get off the couch of your taxpayer-funded abode, find a job, there is no shortage, and get a few qualifications. Things are going to really toughen up for your type in National’s next term. Taxpayers and decent people have had enough of left-wing leeches and time they got a real serve. Garrett would have more ability in his big toe than a piece s..t like you that constantly abuses him.
    When are we going to do something about the Labour molestation at Parliament? I think someone has found a security guard who will talk.

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  62. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    He he, Banks and Key thought they were safe when the cops said there was not enough evidence to prosecute.
    Have the cops commented on the conviction yet?

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  63. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    @RightNow (6,505 comments) says:
    June 8th, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    If a by election is called for why not a snap election instead.

    Because there simply would not be enough time to brew a pot of tea dear.

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  64. NK (1,243 comments) says:

    I find it fascinating that Banks was convicted solely on the testimony of a convicted fraudster and his supporters, with the judge being fully aware that said fraudster was out to get Banks. I think the judge got this one wrong.

    No. There was compelling evidence (according to the Judge) from Dotcom’s lawyer about a conversation he had with Banks that was pivotal also.

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  65. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    What time is the cabbage boat due to sail?

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  66. publicwatchdog (2,593 comments) says:

    “McCready had untold assistance from Wellington journalists, even to the point of finance.”

    Where is your EVIDENCE to back up this defamatory BULLSHIT. gutless anonymous ‘igm’?

    Put up or shut up.

    I for one am sick to death of the LIES which are being told to try and denigrate and discredit Graham McCready.

    Penny Bright

    http://www.dodgyjohnhasgone.com

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  67. publicwatchdog (2,593 comments) says:

    Actually TK – in my opinion, the most convincing testimony came from John Banks himself, in the 2 hour audio of his interview with Police, where he effectively cut his own throat (legally and politically).

    Penny Bright

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  68. NK (1,243 comments) says:

    Penny, the audio interview is not the testimony of Banks. Banks didn’t give “testimony”.

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  69. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    I wonder whether Banks has been caught doing what other politicians and parties have been getting away with for years. I struggle to see much of a difference on a moral level between Banks actions and the blind trust scam pulled by Cunliffe. Both actions were undertaken with the same ultimate aim of hiding the identities of their respective financial backers. It is almost vomit inducing watching Cunliffes smug comments on the Banks resignation.

    As for McCready, what an awful smug little man. His gloating article in the paper portrayed him as somewhat sad and pathetic

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  70. big bruv (13,886 comments) says:

    Penny

    I do hope you are going to get that house of yours de infested before it goes up for forced auction.

    Your convicted pal McCready said it is flea infested.

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  71. Mark (1,488 comments) says:

    Penny I wonder how many votes you may get if you show the courage of your convictions and stand for parliament

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  72. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    Graham McCready QSM.

    He’s done us all a huge service!

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