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iPredict now taking bids on Key giving nod to Banks

Online prediction market iPredict has launched a contract asking punters to bet on whether John Key will give a tacit nod for National Party voters to throw their support behind the Act Party's John Banks in Epsom.

Such a nod would, according to an NBR poll, give Mr Bank's bid to win the seat - and secure parliamentary representation for Act - a substantial boost.

The contract pays out under a variety of subtle and blatant signals from the Prime Minister, including a shared cup of tea between Messrs Key and Banks.

In early trading the iPredict market had odds of 83% for Mr Key to make such an endorsement, and this morning trading pushed the changes to 94%.

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As a punter, I tend to avoid betting on races that are fixed.

WHY why ,LETS keep it clean cut and let the NATS take all ,no need for dope votes .

WHY why ,LETS keep it clean cut and let the NATS take all ,no need for dope votes .

FYI.

I attended the public meeting held last night at Whenuapai Primary School, and after the meeting, I asked NZ Prime Minister John Key directly "one law for all John'?

He didn't answer my question, but looked distinctly uncomfortable - (in my considered opinion).

Is NZ Prime Minister going to endorse John Banks, whom, in my considered opinion, is a 'white collar' criminal who has yet to be charged, or convicted for misleading investors, as was fellow Director of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd , Peter Huljich.

It is also my considered opinion that both ACT and National are extremely 'soft' on 'white collar CRIME, corruption and 'corporate welfare'.

If NZ Prime Minister John Key does 'endorse' John Banks as MP for Epsom - then that wil , in my considered opinion simply confirm that he effectively endorses 'white collar' crime and does not in his practice support 'one law for all'.

PRESS RELEASE: Penny Bright Independent Candidate for Epsom

“Does ACT Leader Don Brash have a PhD in ‘Hypocrisy’?

“Does ACT Leader (former National Party Leader) Dr Don Brash, have a PhD in ‘Hypocrisy’?” asks Penny Bright Independent Candidate for Epsom, responding to reported comments in his latest speech, where Mr Brash said Act “remains committed to equality before the law for all New Zealanders”.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10764866

“How come ACT’s ‘one law for all’ doesn’t appear to apply to ‘white collar criminals’ – only Maori?”, continues Ms Penny Bright.

“Does ACT Leader , (former National Party Leader) Dr Don Brash, agree that this ‘one law for all’ policy should equally apply to himself, and ACT candidate for Epsom (former National Government Minister for Police and Local Government) John Banks?

Does ACT Leader , (former National Party Leader) Dr Don Brash, agree that this ‘one law for all’ policy should equally apply to himself, and ACT candidate for Epsom (former National Government Minister for Police and Local Government) John Banks, and that both should equally face criminal charges for misleading investors when former Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd, as did fellow former Director Peter Huljich?

If not – why not?”

“Why should the voting public trust a word from the lips of ACT Leader, (former National Party Leader) Dr Don Brash, and ACT candidate for Epsom (formally National Government Minister for Police and Local Government) John Banks, when the ‘one law for all’ that they espouse – does not equally apply to themselves?”

“Are ACT Leader, (former National Party Leader) Dr Don Brash, and ACT candidate for Epsom (former National Government Minister for Police and Local Government) John Banks going to support the Finance Markets Authority (FMA) equally filing criminal charges against each of them for allegedly misleading investors when former Directors of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd. – or not?”

“Does the ACT candidate for Epsom, (former National Government Minister for Police and Local Government) really think that National Party Leader, and NZ Prime Minister John Key should publicly endorse an alleged ‘white collar’ criminal, such as himself, who has yet to be charged, let alone convicted, because the ‘one law for all’ principle has yet to apply to John Banks, former fellow Director of Huljich Wealth Management (NZ) Ltd?”

“ACT’s leadership supports ‘one law for all? – yeah right”, concludes Ms Penny Bright.

Penny Bright
Independent Candidate for Epsom.
Campaigning against ‘white collar’ crime, corruption (and its root cause – privatisation), and ‘corporate welfare’.
Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009
Attendee: Transparency International’s 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference 2010

waterpressure@gmail.com

Your "considered opinion" is just slander and is of no value. You don't know the facts, and you are just muckraking, as usual.

Lindsay.why does JONKEY not give an answer.and close it down.

Ah - a response from ex-Business Roundtable 'heavyweight' (?) Lindsay Fergusson.

Perhaps you might care to check out the Securities Act 1978 s58 (3) for yourself?

In my considered opinion, both ACT's 'Leader' Don Brash and the ACT candidate for Epsom John Banks are both 'white collar' criminals who have yet to be charged and convicted, because it appears that they have been effectively protected at the highest levels.

If either Don Brash or John Banks want to sue me for defamation - they can 'fill their boots'.

(it isn't defamatory to tell the truth and express an 'honest opinion' bvased upon the FACTS.)

Good on you Lindsay for confirming that I am on the right track :)

You have a LOVELY day Lindsay - your comments have most certainly helped to make mine!

Kind regards,

Penny Bright
Independent Candidate for Epsom
Campaigning against 'white collar' CRIME, corruption (and its root cause - PRIVATISATION) and 'corporate welfare'.

waterpressure@gmail.com

I think Don Brash & John Banks will just ignore you Penny, like most other people do. The village idiot choking on a chicken bone is amusing for a while, but eventually people will just tell you to see a bloody doctor.

There is nothing considered about your opinion, what a load of rubish, you creat nothing more than noise.

Shame there isn't an intelligence filter on this comments block - then we wouldn't have to put up with this continual nonsense.

Penny, how many times have you lost your deposit?

The first time I stood for public office in the Avondale /Mt Roskill Auckland City Council by-election, on behalf of the Water Pressure Group I got second with nearly 6500 votes and got the deposit back.

Thanks for asking :)

Penny Bright
Independent Candidate for Epsom
Campaigning against 'white collar' CRIME, corruption (and its root cause - PRIVATISATION) and 'corporate welfare'.

waterpressure@gmail.com

The thing you fail to understand Penny, is that ACT opposes corporate welfare also. I've heard Roger Douglas saying on several occasions that weak companies going bankrupt in hard times is not a failure of capitalism, it's something that's essential to a strong & robust market - survival of the fittest if you like.

"Will that be one lump of sugar or two Banksie?" said JK whilst reaching for the sugar bowl.

"Just one thanks JK, I'm trying to lose some weight as my dearest wife has booked a holiday to Hawaii over Christmas, & I don't want to look like a beached whale on the beach", replied John as he reached for another sandwich from the high tea rack.

"Boy, can you imagine how much this is going to rip the nighties of the lunatic left, especially that nutter Penny. You know, when I'm forced to think of her, against my will of course", laughter all round, "I can't help but think of that TV programme with Michael Crawford that used to be on in the '70's, what was it called again?" wondered JB.

"Ahhh, you mean Some Mothers Do Have 'Em?" replied JK.

"Hahaha, that's the one - you know her mother was always a bit funny too. Anyway, cheers for the endorsement JK, I'm looking forward to working with you but I wish you'd get rid of that bloody ripoff ETS" said JB.

"Jolly good show old fruit. Another sandwich JB?"

"Don't mind if I do JK. Cheers."