Brown’s Manukau legacy to the supercity was a mountain of debt. Hulse’s legacy to the supercity was another. Banks legacy was an Auckland that lived within its means and left no debt. The evidence was there to see but the Mayoral race nearly five years ago was portrayed by a blinkered media as a personality contest between that nice, genial, good, Christian fellow Brown versus that bellicose, right wing bastard Banks. The left wing Herald had been giving Banksy heaps for years. It rarely reported on what was happening in Manukau or out west. Brown was the new clean, green boy on the block. The public was duped and look at the result.
Well, I’ve said so before and I say again, I’d rather have Banksy back that the disgrace of a human being who is our current mayor. Why? Two main reasons.
Banks is a man who knows how to live within his means. He has good financial acumen and business skills unlike a tin-pot fourth rate lawyer from south Auckland who only has a vain ‘vision’. Save us from men with ‘visions’. Wouldn’t Auckland give almost anything to have someone back in office who knows how to run a big business like Auckland while living within its means?
More importantly perhaps than sound financial skills, Banks was good at keeping his bureaucrats in line. He understood their role and wouldn’t be bullied by them. He could sniff out their personal grandiose agendas a mile off and wouldn’t put up with their nonsense.
Nothing is more needed in Auckland right now than someone who can control the rampant bureaucracy. Banks would get rid of the myriad of ‘advisors’ who are being paid huge salaries and landing the city with costly untenable projects that could bankrupt the city. He would deliver us from the mountain of debt which has become such a burden to the ratepayer.
Instead, it is Banks who has been left with a terrible burden handed down as a result of this ridiculous trial. The left wing media, politicians and judiciary have taken the carcass of this good man and scavenged over it for three years. They should be held to account.
In the end it took a brave Court of Appeal to end this ridiculous charade of a trial.
"Those charges were trumped up from day one," Banks said defiantly. "Anyone who knows me knows I would never have filed a false electoral return."
No wonder Banks was tearful.
It remains to be seen if the terrible treatment he has received at the hands of New Zealand’s institutions, the press, the police and the judiciary, will have broken him enough that he now retires from public life. If so, it would be a huge loss to New Zealand. Men of integrity are rare. Banks is one of them. He can hold his head high now that he has been acquitted. The rest of them can hang their heads in shame.