Written By: Mike Smith - Date published: 9:02 pm, May 2nd, 2012 - 4 comments
Categories: accountability, act, brand key, john banks, john key, national, national/act government, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags:
There’s the facts, the questions and the legal opinions. Today in Parliament John Key stuck to his lack of interest in detailed questions, and blind adherence to Banks’ reliance on legal opinions. He even alleged that the Labour Opposition agreed with these opinions. Not likely.
As for legal opinions, Legal Beagle Graeme Edgeler says “I’ve re-read the Local Electoral Act a few times over the last few days, and reached a different conclusion each time over what obligations it actually imposes”.
All of which means that we need to stick to the facts and the questions, not the opinions. Andrew Geddis at Pundit makes it clear that legal opinions are just that. Sometimes they are not worth relying on. What counts is answers to the questions that establish the facts and explain the actions. As Andrew points out, we have yet to hear them.
The Police need to ask all the relevant questions that have so far not been answered by Banks or asked by Key, then their veracity and reliability should be established by a judge. They are the people who do it best, and can also apply the law properly in its terms.