Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Conviction a sorry reminder of the cost of a cup of tea

David Cunliffe
Labour Leader

1 August 2014

Conviction a sorry reminder of the cost of a cup of tea

John Banks’ conviction for filing a false election return underlines a sorry chapter in our political history, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

"This is a sad but just end to a long career political career.

“The court process has served to protect the integrity of our democracy and shield it from perceptions of improper influence.

“Mr Banks’ should accept his sentence and move on.

"His conviction is also a reminder of the dodgy deal that kept him in Parliament over the last three years - and of the heavy-handed pursuit of the media by the police in its wake.

“John Key refused for months to read the police report. In doing so he failed to uphold the integrity of the electoral system. The court has now done so.

"Unfortunately, as we have seen just this week, the National Party has learned nothing from this distortion of the MMP system.

"National has been kept in power by a self-evident manipulation of our democratic process -- relying on discredited and irrelevant support parties such as ACT and United Future which owe their place in Parliament to cups of tea and a nod and a wink.

"This week John Key again told the public who to vote for in Epsom and Ohariu in an attempt to resuscitate two spent political forces.

"New Zealanders do not like the creeping arrogance which has become evident in National's approach to government -- whether in gaming MMP, or in failing to hold its MPs accountable to the standards expected of them.

"Labour will remove coat-tailing to make the electoral system fairer and more transparent.

"We will be campaigning for a fairer, better society for all New Zealanders, and that must begin at the top.

"Mr Banks has been found guilty and been punished for his transgressions. The voters should send a strong signal to John Key and the National Party for their part in this sorry fiasco,'' David Cunliffe said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Gordon Campbell: On The Economic Bad News (And Turkey’s Fears About The Kurds)

Traditionally, voters regard National as a more competent manager of the economy. It is the sole upside of crony capitalism: surely these guys must know what their mates in business want and need. These last few months though, have put that faith sorely to the test... More>>

ALSO:

Discussion Document: Fresh Look At Family Violence Laws

A discussion document launched today takes a hard look at the way the law prevents and responds to family violence, and proposes a comprehensive rethink to strengthen New Zealand’s legislative response. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: ‘Precarious’ Solid Energy In Banks’ Hands

Liquidation of state-owned coal company Solid Energy “cannot be ruled out” but is “not the number one preferred option of the government,” says Prime Minister John Key, who confirmed the beleaguered company was discussed today at Cabinet as its banking syndicate grapples with its commercially dire prospects. More>>

ALSO:

Missed Opportunities: Amnesty International Report Card On NZ's UN Role

As New Zealand steps down from its month as President of the Council, Amnesty International has taken the opportunity to review New Zealand’s role on the Council so far and assess their performance and contribution to protecting human rights worldwide. More>>

ALSO:

Prince Charles Get More Jobs: PM Announces Honorary Military Appointments

PM John Key has announced that Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of HRH The Prince of Wales to three honorary positions: Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy; Field Marshal, New Zealand Army; Marshal of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. More>>

ALSO:

No TPP Deal: Gordon Campbell On Why We Should Still Oppose Investor-State Dispute Measures

Even in this dark hour for the TPP, the secrecy farce continues... What is left to hide? Every single negotiator went into those talks in Maui knowing exactly where everyone else stood. More>>

REACTION:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news