Act leader John Banks and party president John Boscawen have called a media conference at 11am.
It will be to announce:
a) Banks is going to resign from parliament.
b) He’ll stay in parliament but won’t stand again at the next election.
c) He’s going to undertake a citizen’s initiated referendum calling for Len Brown to resign as mayor of Auckland so he (Banks) can stand for that position.
d) There is more to Act than two Johns.
The answer was b:
Speaking to reporters at a press conference this morning, Mr Banks said: It’s time for me to move on from this place”.
He referred to the sentencing of his parents 50 years ago to long prison terms.
“I stood outside the High Court as a 17 year old absolutely committed to a liftetime of hard work honest endeavour and public service to try and balance the public ledger.”
“Anyone who knows me well knows I would not file a false return of anything.
He was now focused on the “long triangulated legal process to clear my name”.
“I will not be saying anything more about the particulars of the case now before the court except that I’m not fearful of the process or where it ends.”
There is a place on the political spectrum for a party to the right of National.
Can Act survive to do that or is the brand now so tarnished it would be better to start afresh?