Need to throw the media off #DotcomGate? Declare war on none existent boat people!
Banks: "Are you saying that Dotcom's at SkyCity?"
RadioLive: "No, no - that you had donations to your mayoral campaign from SkyCity and two from Kim Dotcom."
Banks: "Oh, look, look, look, look, look, look, look [pause] this matter. I don't know if you're caught up with it ... I have never been to SkyCity with Dotcom."
RadioLive: "And what about donations to your campaign? Did you have a relationship with Kim Dotcom?"
Banks: "What's your relationship? This is offensive! He's a married man, what are you talking about?"
RadioLive: "[Laughs] Not a relationship like that."
Banks: "No, look I don't want to go down ... I've had no relationship with Dotcom - he's got a wife."
RadioLive: "Not like that, a business relationship."
Banks: [hangs up]
RadioLive: [calls back]
RadioLive: "Hi, I was just wanting to clear up something, I wasn't meaning to ..."
Banks: "Just a minute, just a minute - I have never had a relationship with Dotcom, he is a married man. And I have not been to the SkyCity with the guy. So thanks for your time, thanks for your call."
...spare some contempt for John Key's response to suddenly declare war on a none existent boat people 'threat'.
In a ham fisted and clumsy attempt to distract the media from the #Dotcomgate feeding frenzy, the Government takes a leaf out of the Crosby/Textor attack politics rule book by launching a pointless crusade against the tens of thousands of boat people who are not trying to invade NZ every day of the week.
Flaying refugees works in Australia, it has little political capital here. It is dirty politics trying to enflame rednecks at a time National is getting a pasting for not standing Banks down.
While the #Dotcomgate feeding frenzy does dominate media attention, National aren't wasting a diversion with just another diversion, they are also sliding revelations that ACC were recorded and seemly lied about Brownyn Pullar's supposed threats and more Gen X crucifixion with lower student loan repayment thresholds under the news radar.
Just how the 500 000 NZers impacted by lower student loan repayment thresholds are also supposed to save for KiwiSaver and afford a house in a growing property bubble is the only thing Steven Joyce the hollow brain hasn't been able to explain.
Todays revelations that Banks lobbied for Dotcom's land and was feeding positive information back to him must be the final straw, as the brilliant Keith Ng points out, what on earth are are we waiting to stand Banks down, we can clearly see what has happened...
I think that if Banks can successfully deny the “thank you” call, then he can argue that he only solicited the donation, requested that the donation be split into anonymous $25k chunks, and received some anonymous donations in $25k chunks – but he had no way of knowing that the donation he got was the same donation that he solicited and was told he was going to get.
And therefore, they are anonymous donations and this is all technically not illegal.
And maybe it is.
But you know what? “Technically not illegal” is fine as a threshold for “not being thrown in jail”, but it is not fine as a threshold for “fit to hold public office making and executing laws”. This isn’t even about holding politicians to higher ethical standards – it’s about fundamental respect for their domain: the public and the law
...this is turning sceptic now, at some point Banks must be stood down and the count down for a by election to begin.
It ain't over till Dotcom sings.