Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Nothing to fear, nothing to hide"

Throughout his recent political donation scandal, ACT MP John Banks has repeatedly claimed he has "nothing to fear, nothing to hide". The implication is that he is being upfront and transparent about things. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth:

ACT leader John Banks did ask police not to publicly release his statement on the Kim Dotcom donations and opposed the publication of the entire file, documents reveal.

Banks' lawyer David Jones QC told police it would be used by his ''political adversaries'' and for ''irresponsible commentary.''

Banks has always insisted he had "nothing to fear, nothing to hide,'' over the donations scandal.

His statement was censored when police released their file on the investigation last month. Other statements, including that of Dotcom and his lawyer Greg Towers, were made public.

Which raises the question: what was Banks hiding? What is he so frightened of us seeing? And shouldn't John Key be sacking him about now, given that he has lied to the public about this?