Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: #JohnDotBanks and all

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  • Hebe, in reply to Sacha,

    Must be those new options 3 and 4 I heard could be sited somewhere near the old central Police Station on the Hagley side of the Avon.

    Aah, hadn't heard the site. Adds up in an awful way. I don't think we need a convention centre at all; if so it should be a multi-purpose event "facility" -- that of course is not on the options list .

    Worth remembering that the asset sell-off isTownsend and the Chamber of Commerce pushing the same old barrow. If the council adopted that plan, not one of them or National MPs in the city would return to power -- it's an electoral line in the sand in Christchurch.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hebe,

    Adds up

    Some space for hotel rebuilds nearby I understand. I guess the land might be slightly more stable or something - unless the reasons are mainly pork-oriented.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5169 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Gets the message across.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8737 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Gudrun Gisela,

    3410 you are a moron and a coward hiding behind a synonym.

    Gudrun, I know you've apologised somewhat, but this was really unacceptable. Please don't do this sort of thing again.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Gudrun, I know you've apologised somewhat, but this was really unacceptable. Please don't do this sort of thing again.

    We know from past experiences how even minor losses in translation can rub people up the wrong way. I've even done it myself.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4431 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Hebe,

    If the council adopted that plan, not one of them or National MPs in the city would return to power – it’s an electoral line in the sand in Christchurch.

    Maybe they should start reprinting those Peoples Republic of Christchurch T-shirts again. I was lucky enough to buy one of the originals.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4431 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Russell Brown,

    hiding behind a synonym

    (emphasis added)

    Well, yes, we do find him to be another name for all kinds of things.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3934 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Banks sounds like a three-legged sloth, on Diazepam, who having fallen out of his tree and landed on his head, has lost the balance of his tiny little mind.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1210 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sacha,

    Adds up
    Some space for hotel rebuilds nearby I understand. I guess the land might be slightly more stable or something - unless the reasons are mainly pork-oriented.

    Mmm; I smell bacon. The police station is right across the road from the Avon riverbank, I don't know its land status..

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to DeepRed,

    Maybe they should start reprinting those Peoples Republic of Christchurch T-shirts again. I was lucky enough to buy one of the originals.

    So far from the truth these days though. And unless the left of far right gets organised soon the People's Republic days will be very distant. I tend to think that the protests are Hugh Pavletich and the Lynches (David Lynch is a brother) way of diverting the left and the vulnerable.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hebe,

    Vacant lots all around there too I understand. No idea who owns them either.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Sacha,

    Ngai Tahu owned the old King Edward barracks site which is a big parcel on the other side of that block not too long ago. Don't know about now. A lot of big buildings around there are still fenced off, more are coming down every day. So it's ripe for a plan -- I would like to see locals get to use it; it is a prime corner of the city: near the gardens, the Arts Centre, the hospital, Hagley Park and what's left of "town". A convention centre and hotels would gobble it up and people like me wouldn't go there much. I learned to ride a bike on the riverbank along there when I was 17. I bought a white 10-speed at Penny Farthing in Manchester St by the river, couldn't cycle when I hopped on it on the riverbank, and by the time I reached Hagley park I was flying :-)

    Back to Banks: he's too important a fish to let off the hook.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Hebe,

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    Back to Banks: he's too important a fish to let off the hook.

    Indeed he is.

    Firstly there is just the sheer newsworthiness of the story. If playing six degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon is too difficult for you then linking John Banks to just about every scandal facing the government is child's play - Kim Dotcom, SkyCity casino, the teapot tapes and even Michelle Boag (who helped with Bank's Mayoral campaign).

    Picture blatantly stolen from the Herald because without it we may forget how crazy this guy appears to be.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4947 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Picture blatantly stolen from the Herald because without it we may forget how crazy this guy appears to be.

    He looks like a ventriloquist's dummy with Key as his master.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2634 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Hebe,

    He looks like a ventriloquist's dummy with Key as his master.

    He hasn't said a lot lately, but when he does, maybe this is the reason he talks funny.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3628 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    maybe this is the reason he talks funny.

    Love the ACT supporters in the background, you can almost hear them crying out "Braaaiins, if only we had Braaaiins"

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4947 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4431 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to DeepRed,

    A documentary in the vein of "Meet the Feebles".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1210 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Today we got a letter from the ever Groovy John Banks MP for Epsom - he has addressed it to us both and given us one household questionaire - some one should fill him in "Women Have the Vote" and often have different views from that of their partners and they can drive cars - as scary as all that may sound to some - it is a reality.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1210 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    John Banks can be got rid of the same way Rodney Hide was removed – by an internal coup within Act forcing his resignation. Then an by-election will be held with National standing on the sidelines again meaning the Act candidate wins.

    That's not the case. Hide was removed by a caucus vote removing him as leader of the caucus. The party then followed up by adjusting his status to 'not needed' when it came time to select candidates.

    Given that Banks is only MP in his caucus he's probably a bit safer, hopefully the electorate will take care of him in 2014 if this scandal doesn't.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6227 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    It would appear that Judge Harvey follows Russell Brown.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6357 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    and that journalists are confused about how 'promote' might work on Twitter.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Sacha,

    and that journalists are confused about how ‘promote’ might work on Twitter.

    Like most thinking, as opposed to most "following", people

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4947 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Sacha,

    and that journalists are confused about how ‘promote’ might work on Twitter.

    Quite.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

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