A SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON FOR MR KEY.
“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.”
― Noam Chomsky
TVNZ, Q&A, 16 September, 2012
Shane: Mr Banks says he didn’t know about any donation. This week’s release of sworn statements state otherwise. Do you believe he was telling the truth there?
John: We’ve asked directly the questions. We’ve been given assurances, and I accept the minister at his word. Let’s understand what’s happening here. This is a politically motivated attack by Labour.
Shane: So you believe he was telling the truth?
John: And I accept the minister at his word. And the point here is there will always be people with a different range of views. It’s important that people comply with the law. So, in my opinion, that law is very badly drafted, which is why my government’s going to fix it up. And if the Labour Party really believed in this, and it wasn’t just a way of getting to the government, they would have changed the law, and they didn’t do that.
Shane: Going back to telling the truth. This week, we had a release of sworn statements that said otherwise. Are they not telling the truth, Prime Minister?
John: Well, that’s their view, but it has to be seen in the context of the law. The fact that someone tells you they may make you a donation doesn’t mean under the old electoral law that you know that they have.
Shane: This isn’t about the issue being you. All I want to know is having read the police report, whether you believe Mr Banks when he said –
John: I haven’t read that police report, and I’m not going to because I don’t need to. I rely, as any prime minister would, that I enjoy the confidence –
Shane: Why wouldn’t you read the police report?
John: Because it’s not my job to do a forensic analysis. What I can tell you is the law doesn’t work. What I can tell you is this is a politically motivated attempt by the Labour Party to get at the government. Fair enough. That’s called politics.
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