John Banks leaves the Auckland High Court following his sentencing.
The sentence handed down to former ACT MP John Banks for breaching our electoral laws is a disgrace. Banks has got away with murder. Literally murder. He has singlehandedly murdered our democracy. If you can imagine that our democracy is a small child, then John Banks is a baby-killer.
The fact that this democracy baby-killer continues to roam our streets (albeit during daylight hours only) is an outrage. Where is the deterrent value in this sentence? The judge has effectively said “if you engage in a corrupt act, your career and reputation will be destroyed, you will have a conviction permanently entered against you, and you will suffer the indignity and humiliation of having to undertake community service just like any other common criminal.”
It’s a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket!
It’s not even that, because…
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