This hotel discount thing...
The problem is not that Mr Banks received a discount at a hotel. There is good evidence to suggest he did receive a substantial discount.
The problem is also not that Mr Banks receive a discount because he knows some very rich people. Or very rich people who are of interest to the US authorities.
What the problem is, is that the discount should have been identified on the register of pecuniary interests. Everything else is a distraction.
There's a common theme here - Mr Banks sure seems to have trouble understanding the responsibilities that come hand in hand with the privileges of power. And with his paperwork.
Sebadoh - Bakesale, 1992