Gallery journalist advocates political corruption

The headline may seem a bit over the top but how else are you to read Tracy Watkins’ comment any other way other than endorsing political corruption.

John Banks – In the dog box

With the exception of his stand against animal testing, John Banks’ return to national politics has gone from bad to worse since he stepped up as ACT’s reluctant leader after winning Epsom. Banks thought he had seen off the threat of prosecution over anonymous donations to his Auckland mayoral campaign but hadn’t reckoned on serial litigant Graham McCready. 

The success of the Wellington man’s private prosecution means Banks will be in the dock next year to explain why donations from German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom were declared as anonymous, when Dotcom insists Banks knew exactly where the money came from.

The bad blood between Banks and Dotcom stems back to the big German’s stint in prison, when Banks apparently did not want to know him. The moral of the story? When a rich powerful man who has showered you with money and hospitality phones for help, pick up.

If you do favours for people who donated to you that is corruption, and John Banks rightly refused…now Tracy Watkins says he should have run to Kim Dotcom’s beck and call.

That is corruption Tracy. Kim Dotcom might operate that way but John Banks and many other politicians do not…that was Kim Dotcom’s mistake not John Banks’.

This though shows how utterly corrupted and enamoured by Kim Dotcom the media has become in New Zealand.


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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