Their own paint and their own brush

Labour is making a great big deal about whether or not John Banks gave permission for the Police to release his statements to them:

[D]ocuments obtained by Labour’s deputy leader Grant Robertson show Jones requested his statement be withheld from a release under the Official Information Act.

On August 10, he wrote: ”As you know, the complaint against Mr Banks was politically motivated….the release of information from the investigation file would no doubt allow political adversaries of Mr Banks and media commentators alike to pore over such material and selectively highlight matters considered politically advantageous of ‘newsworthy’.”

Jones went on: ”Given the level of uninformed and unbalanced criticism that occurred once the result of the investigation was made public, disclosure of the investigation file would no doubt bring about irresponsible commentary.”

He also argued it would ”bring the criminal justice system into disrepute.”

”Disclosure of any material relating to Mr Banks, or indeed any part of the investigation file is opposed.”

Prime Minister John Key has stood by his coalition partner.

Robertson said: ”This is further evidence that John Banks has lied to New Zealanders about this case.

”John Key said that if Mr Banks lied to him he would no longer have confidence in him as a minister. Mr Key needs to sack John Banks if he is to uphold standards of ministerial behaviour.”

I am glad Labour is making a big deal about this, I can’t hardly wait until November 9.


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