I once had some regard for John Banks. Listened to him on radio and thought he was OK. A bit wet, but someone who was a positive influence.
I’ve got nothing much more than contempt for him today, given he backed up on everything he said he believed in. One expects politicians to make some compromises, but Banks portrayed himself as a Christian Conservative for so long and then rode into Wellington as a wet liberal and voted with a gang of far left progressives to alter the definition of traditional marriage.
There couldn’t be much more of a betrayal.
Key and National are bad enough, going back on almost everything they said concerned them before they were elected. See “Read this before you vote for John Key again- fool me once.”
But Banks has really cornered the market on cynical self promotion at the expense of principle. His claims to not remember his meetings with Kim Dotcom, when he flew in in a helicopter are just so transparent as to indicate he takes NZ for a collection of fools.
Banks could go down or he could get off. Either way I just want him out of politics.
Kim Dotcom said of Banks – “Today I know he’s just a talker, like most politicians, who will tell you what you want to hear to get your vote or financial support. I have never made a political donation before, I regret the one I made for sure.”
Damn right. But Banks is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s hardly a politician who claims to oppose Labour who stands up for anything worthwhile. If Banks is convicted it could initiate a snap election.
Good. I say its an opportunity to throw the lot of ’em out on the so called right and start all over again.