If John Banks does go it will be to save John Key and National, not himself.
Being stood down as a Minister would certainly be the end of Banks’ political career and, surely, the end of the Act Party.
Given the looseness of the law on local body donations, the difficulty in proving that someone knew something, together with the extraordinary slowness of past police investigations, it’s very likely that Banks could easily hang on as an MP until the next election.
But does National really want a running sore for all that time?
- Audrey Young reports that the latest Herald poll finally has some good news for Labour – see: Labour makes big leap in poll. As Russell Brown points out this will obviously be welcome relief for Shearer but he agrees with David Farrar’s analysis of David Cunliffe’s speech, saying that ‘If the party stalwarts have fallen as far out of love with Shearer as everyone says, then Cunliffe was coming a-courting’ – see: The Base. See also Vernon Small’s report on Cunliffe’s speech: Labour was too close to National: Cunliffe.
- Rob Salmond argues that polling since the election hasn’t been that bad for Shearer and Labour (see: Poll of Polls: Sanity Check) and gets a response form Danyl Mclauchlan – see: Why the Shearer backlash.
- TVNZ’s Simon Bradwell says it’s time for ACC to admit they were wrong and call off the dogs – see: ACC shot down again.
- The rebuild of Christchurch is essentially a choice between a beautiful heritage rebuild or the cheap option of ‘tilt-slab buildings’ and carparks, according to Ian Maxwell writing in the Press (Chch rebuild going pear-shaped).
- With the issue of lobbying – and it’s regulation – becoming a hot topic, the Parliamentary Library has produced an excellent research paper on the issue, concentrating on international comparisons – see: Lobbying regimes: an outline.
- Chris Trotter traces the start of the decline in voter participation to a cold July day in 1984 – see: Why such a low voter turnout in 2011?, and on the same topic, Radio New Zealand’s Insight investigation into ‘why people don't vote and what can be done to turn the trend around’ – can be listened to here.
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