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John Banks, ACT, and miscellaneous laws

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ACT is very, very BIG on law and order.

In fact, they often refer themselves as the “law and order” Party.

Their website is unequivocal about ACT’s hard-line, no-compromise, approach to Law and Order,

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ACT - law and order

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ACT even refers to the  “broken windows” concept; attacking crime at the beginning when “criminal activity is significantly less likely to escalate when caught and punished early “.

ACT even has a “One Law for All” policy,

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ACT -  one law for all

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Their “One Law for All” refers to Maori – but one assumes that ACT intends this policy to apply equally, to all people living in this country.

Right?

Well… maybe not,

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Banks seeks Dotcom court excuse

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One law for all, huh? That apparently demands a Tui.

However, Banks’ lawyer, QC David Jones stated that,

‘‘Mr Banks will comply with any lawful direction of the court to attend the court as required.’’

Well, that’s jolly big of him.

This case will be a test; are our elected representatives – especially those in positions of ministerial power – bound by the same laws that the rest of us mere mortals are?

After all, “criminal activity is significantly less likely to escalate when caught and punished early “.

Let’s wait, watch, and find out…

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  1. 17 December 2012 at 11:17 am

    ONE LAW FOR JOHN BANKS ONE LAW FOR EVERYBODY ELSE.

    What else do we expect.

    • Citizen Gee
      17 December 2012 at 9:41 pm

      On the mark, Geoff.

  2. Moose
    17 December 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Truth is legislation only applies to ‘persons’ – look up the definition of ‘person’ in a law dictionary and you’ll find it has nothing to do with man, only legal persons

  3. Lance McC
    17 December 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I bet ACT’s “One law for all” does not apply to all. We already know the wealth do not get treated the same. Wealthy person gets asked to come to the satation to be interviewed, poor person gets told to come to the station now with the officer or be arrested for resisting arrest and hindering and investigation.

  4. Lance McC
    17 December 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Crime has not gone down like they claim. Any slight drop in rwported crime would be due to police not takes reports of minor crimes against low income people.

  5. Lance McC
    17 December 2012 at 5:14 pm

    One law for all that only applies to Maori it seems. Banks gets to decide if he will turn up for court re the Dotcom case. Lawyer David Jones gets to NOT turn up and have the case on a day of his choosing in a mager case, meanwhile poor people draged in to court on minor charges get told ‘turn up for court or you will be arrested and jailed, we do not care that you have a funeral to go to’.

  6. Allan Nigh
    17 December 2012 at 5:47 pm

    And a legal person is an entity registered with, in this country, the New Zealand Company – a registered corporation, as are “our” government and police. “One Law” for all is not New Zealand Government legislation – its a much older law.

  7. Citizen Gee
    17 December 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Funny old thing how Banksie has been keeping a very low profile?

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