The pressure has built, the desperate need for Jamie Whyte to stop looking as wet as he sounds and do some leadership stuff like sternly telling off the latest ACT MP to do something dodgy and illegal has finally burst the pus bloated political pimple that is the ACT Party.
For a Party founded on the ethical cleansing power of the pure market bonded with a ‘tuff on crime’ rhetoric, this Party seems to foster an awful lot of criminal activity doesn’t it?
Banksy could’ve continued the ‘I did nothing wrong’ pretence and staunched it out in Parliament, but it would have only been for his own narcism. He has had to resign, the ruling by the Judge was a total hiding, anything less than resigning would be as offensive as the PM’s continued referral to Banks as an ‘honest man’. A Judge has clearly stated Mr Banks is not an honest man in this matter, that’s why he has been found guilty and no amount of ‘he hasn’t been sentenced yet’ legal semantics can gloss over that.
Here’s why I can’t feel much sympathy for John Banks, this quote is from him during the 2011 campaign in an effort to directly engage racism and hate into the election…
“If we continue the bankrupt response of just paying young Polynesian, young Maori men in South Auckland, the dole to sit in front of TV, smoke marijuana, watch pornography and plan more drug offending, more burglaries, then we are going to have them coming through our windows if we live in Epsom or anywhere else in greater Auckland.”
I’ve never understood how someone who believes that the Earth is barely 7000 years old and that God created the entire cosmos in only 6 days ever became the Associate Minister of Education.
Since when was Education a hate crime?
Anyone else nervous that a religious fundamentalist shepherded in the Charter School legislation that allows other religious fundamentalists to get taxpayer support to peddle their scientific quackery?
Are they allowed into the dinosaur exhibits at the museum on class visits or do they need a parental permission slip?
ACT are dead. So dead. It’s not just their roll call of dishonour or the fact that their free market ideology is fruit loop ridden, it’s their current joke tactics that are so tragic.
Poor Prebs, he’s a much greater man than this poisoned chalice. Their joke candidate David Seymour has to be seen to be believed – look at this appalling youtube video…
..he makes coma patients look fluid and dynamic. If this inconsequential political squeak of a fart is what ACT are hoping will win them Epsom, they have another thing coming.
Banks was a name, and he only won by 2000 votes, David Watshisface has all the voter appeal of grated hedgehog on stale cornflakes.
Fighting the uphill battle of a having a candidate with no discernible personality is the tactical voting of Epsom Labour and Green voters. They wasted 6000 electorate votes last election on Labour and Green candidates who were NEVER going to win. If those voters decide to be as strategic as the National voters who are electing a puppet ACT candidate and vote for the National Party candidate Paul Goldsmith instead, then it’s all over for ACT.
If the Labour Party candidate Michael Wood can stop trying to shoot himself in the foot by chastising Internet MANA for being tactical, when being tactical is what is being required in Epsom, then he and Julie Anne Genter have the opportunity of killing ACT off once and for all.
Losing another possible coalition partner is the only way Key gets beaten.
The interesting resignation means all eyes now turn on the Maori Party who will be providing the numbers to prop up the Government. The Maori Party are facing obliteration at the polls because of their close relationship with National, propping John Key up to hobble over the last couple of months won’t help them at all.
It’s not just ACT that John Banks has killed off, it looks like he’ll take down the Maori Party as well.
That’s a two for one special folks.