The Memory Hole – Banks v. Shearer

When Kim Dotcom decided to get pissy because he didn’t get the treatment he felt he deserved in prison and unleashed his donations scandal upon the body politic of New Zealand David Shearer had this to say at the conclusion of the police investigation that cleared Banks:

“This is a guy that’s gone to a donor asked for money and in one case received a cheque in his hand and then has turned around and said he can’t remember receiving it.

“Police can’t prove it but everyone in New Zealand knows what’s going on here. John Key knows as well and should stand him down.”

But Mr Shearer said Mr Key would keep Mr Banks on, “and I think that says something about his ethical standards”.

Perhaps Mr Shearer might like to now apply the same standards of ethics that he demands of John Key and John banks and stand himself down. After all John Banks didn’t know the exact details of the donations, didn’t break any laws and the police investigation cleared him.

David Shearer on the other hand has concealed or in his words “forgot” about a bank amount with a lazy $50,000 plus sitting in it, even though he remembered to declare it to the IRD…he “forgot” actually means breached standing orders, and arguably the law in failing to declare for more than 3 years a bank account with more than $50,000 in it.

John Banks couldn’t remember exact details about one of many donations his team received and Shearer thought he should hang. David Shearer meanwhile can;t keep track of his own accounts…how on earth would he manage running the country’s books.

I’ll await David Shearer falling on his own sword. It is the right thing to do, he has demanded it so often of others, perhaps he should honour his own demands for a high ethical standard.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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