“.. Banks is now permanently indebted to Key for retaining him as a minister when by any reasonable test he has failed to meet the high ethical standards expected of someone in such a position.
Act’s leverage – minute as it already was – has been heavily discounted accordingly.
Banks is now essentially an irrelevance.
His only other options are to resign his ministerial warrant and go to Parliament’s backbenches -
- where he could choose to vote against the Government on some measures –
- something which would lead to even more scorn being heaped upon him.
Alternatively, he could resign from Parliament.
No one would bet against that happening.
But the more immediate question is how much damage Banks’ remaining a minister is doing to Key’s reputation…”
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