Today, in parliament, the PM acknowledged that the reason John Banks was not prosecuted was that the time in which a prosecution could proceed had passed. That's all.
The bounds of credibility have been stretched to their limits. Mr Key and his National Party will inevitably suffer the consequences of supporting Mr Banks. They may manage to put the day on which the consequences are faced off until the next general election, but the longer they wait, the higher the cost. To all of us.
Robert Winter asked if Mr Key was unaware that no one likes a liar. I'm certain that he is aware, and has failed to do the right thing for an unknown reason. There is speculation that Mr Banks "knows where the bodies are buried" and rumours of extra-marital affairs, drugs and stolen motorbikes, but that is more likely to come to nothing than lead to a giant implosion that destroys the right wing as a political force in New Zealand. The simple explanation is that Mr Key has lost touch. Even his cheerleaders are half-hearted these days.
Was Mr Banks aware, when he signed his return, that he would comply with the law once the statute of limitation passed?
Cher - Heart of Stone