New support for sacking Banks
Sun, 23 Sep 2012 11:20a.m.
ACT Party founder Sir Roger Douglas is dismissing a donations scandal surrounding party leader John Banks as a media beat-up and says Mr Banks "has done well" as an MP.
Mr Banks, who holds ministerial portfolios, has been in strife for months over donations to his 2010 Auckland mayoral campaign.
Sir Roger's comments on Q+A today come after a poll commissioned by the programme showed only 57 percent support for dumping Mr Banks from cabinet.
When asked if they thought Mr Banks should be sacked, 31 percent said no and 12 percent were unsure.
"When you look at the media beat-up that we've had over the last two weeks I'm surprised John has done as well as he has," Sir Roger said.
Sworn statements from Kim Dotcom and his staff showed Mr Banks knew he had received two $25,000 cheques from the internet tycoon before he told media he had no knowledge of them.
Sir Roger said "there is another side", and "you just can't take Dotcom's words as if they are gospel as the media have".
He said when running any political campaign, donors were told what the rules were and candidates should not receive the money.
"The candidate never absolutely knows whether the money came in or not," Sir Roger said.
Sir Roger said Mr Banks had done well as an MP.
He said Mr Bank had been more consistent to the party's principles "than we've had at any time".
Prime Minister John Key has said Mr Banks is an honest man.
"I accept him at his word, no charges have been laid and he's not going to be found guilty of anything," Mr Key said last week.
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24/09/2012 2:50:04 p.m.
Thank God Banks did not win the Auckland mayoralty. He has totally no credibility.
24/09/2012 1:23:42 p.m.
If John Banks is sacked, we could end up with a Labour government, a devalued dollar a considerable increase in petrol prices, boundless beneficiary benefits, higher taxes and it’s all downhill from there. I like to puff about being moral but really I am consumed with Machiavellian self-interest. I don’t care if John Banks is liar so long as I don’t have to pay three bucks a litre for petrol.
24/09/2012 10:16:19 a.m.
Dont sack John Banks, he's the best assest Labour has to win in 2014.
23/09/2012 7:44:51 p.m.
"Prime Minister John Key has said Mr Banks is an honest man". I can smell the self-interest on your breath, Mr Key.
23/09/2012 7:37:32 p.m.
helen time wrote:
only 54% that's a huge number what a misleading spin artist he says only 54% to turn your thinking its not many . well like hell 54% is huge and he should be sacked . and your should have asked douglas if banks has done well what would bad be . act are a bunch of lieing clowns its a circus mr douglas president dwight eisenhower a great republican right wing president he said qute if anyone wanted to follow milton freedmans idea of selling assets etc you would have to be an idiot or have a screw loose un Quote.
23/09/2012 5:51:46 p.m.
Fire his behind!
23/09/2012 5:22:39 p.m.
Brian Gibbons wrote:
Rodger Douglas stuffed the country up,what in the hell has he got too say in the Banks matter as he got voted out last elections.We dont need people who tells lies in our Parliament.And would Banks face up to a lie detector,and for good records Key to take the test also.Then we may see some closure too this mate cover up for mate jack up.Rogers is another one on the lie trail,and should keep his mouth shut.
23/09/2012 4:18:44 p.m.
Hes a lyer he has to go.
23/09/2012 4:06:33 p.m.
Yes, there is another side but John Banks wont release his interview with the police.. the only reason for not doing so would be guilt.
Remember National changed the rules in our legal system... you are now guilty until proven innocent.
So we can assume the same applies to Banks.
23/09/2012 3:56:14 p.m.
Roger Douglas has always been a opportunistic crook, no surprises to see he supports John Banks.
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