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Graham McCready to John Banks – an Open Letter

This has to be the most compassionate thing I’ve read in a long, long time…



TO John Banks Copy the Rest of New Zealand

Dear John,

I can understand the situation you find yourself in having been in the same situation myself.

From this personal experience I can tell you that you are at serious risk of receiving a jail term of about 18-months.

His Honour has given you the opportunity to qualify for Home Detention.
The term is likely to be about six months.
He is NOT going to consider a discharge without conviction.
That is a delusional fantasy.
If David Jones QC continues to suggest the possibility my advice is to sack him and file a complaint with the Law Society on the basis of gross incompetence.

See my attached missive on the process.
If you get home detention your overseas travel will suffer minimal disruption.
Any jail term of one year or more and the Inter Islander Ferry may be about your limit.

How then do you ensure you stay out of jail?

Accept responsibility for your actions.

Immediately as part of acceptance resign from Parliament.

Do not dance on the head of a pin before the Probation Officer on the difference between “Found Guilty of an Indictable Criminal Offence” and “A Conviction being entered”.

On Monday YOU contact the Probation Service.
Do not let your clown of a lawyer do it or wait for a Probation Officer to phone you.


Tell them you have royally screwed up and that you are unconditionally guilty.

Do a press conference and make an unreserved apology to the People of New Zealand for your conduct.
Back that up by a huge donation to low decile schools.
Do not say which ones or how much.
That will not get you off but it will be spiritually uplifting

Tell them you will not be appealing the verdict.


Assure the Probation Officer that you will comply with all instructions and conditions of Home Detention no matter how tedious. And they will be tedious.

Treat the Probation Officer with respect.
Do not make racial or serious remarks.
You may find your Probation Officer is a young female Criminology Grad less than half you age.

The Probation Service will need to approve your apartment for Home Detention.
From my experience it is probably not suitable.
The reason is that a Probation Officer or Security Guard cannot walk up to the front door 24-hours a day because of the building security.
Tomorrow rent a VERY MODEST house with walk up to the front door.
Talk to the Probation Service about this.

Finally welcome to the Human Race.
We are not bad people who will become good, just human beings who do good and bad things at various times of our lives.

This too will pass.

Wishing you all the health, happiness and success I enjoy for myself one day at a time.

Kindest Regards

Graham Mc Cready



[Re-printed verbatim.]

[Acknowledgement: Penny Bright]

Well said, Graham.



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  1. Deb Kean
    8 June 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I fear that, Paul Henry’s tear-jerking “defence” of Banks notwithstanding, he is not capable of that kind of humility. I do see that he has said he will resign. Unbelievable!

  2. Mick
    8 June 2014 at 5:50 pm

    it’s not the crime ,it’s the cover up !

  3. MJ
    9 June 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Nice one Mr. McCready. I applaud your sentiments entirely. Seems he was listening to you, and thanks to your gesture, will be leaving on Friday, Now if only we could get on with the rest of them, as the only cries I hear from the right wing is “But everybody does it”.

    Then let’s get them all. All parties are on notice. It can’t be left up to our ineffectually inept police force to deal with this. We ought to find out why they didn’t do their job. I think we both know why, though, don’t we?

  4. eugene
    9 June 2014 at 7:48 pm

    he noes the law and for that and for braking it your paunch mint should be at the very hard end of the scale i can only see i thing fit for him and that should be 12 to 18 mths

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