Last Sunday Megaupload’s founder, recently bailed by New Zealand’s authorities, released the “John Banks Song” on YouTube.
If you wonder who John Banks is and what is Kim’s quarrel with him you should know that he’s heading the ACT New Zealand political party, and is currently the minister for Small Business and Regulatory Reform. Kim Dotcom reportedly donated $38.000 (NZ$50.000) to the 2010 Banks campaign for mayor of the city of Auckland, a well hidden information until now. Dotcom is now to be questioned by local authorities over these claims.
The song’s chorus reads: “Nothing to fear / Nothing to hide / He’s the majority / So he’s all right. / He is John Banks / He got the vote / And that’s why Key keeps him afloat / On his cabbage boat.”
In a previous statement, Banks said that he “didn’t come up the river in a cabbage boat,” – New Zealand’s English expression that means he’s not stupid. Having his back is Prime Minister John Key who publicly defended Banks.
Banks denied that he broke any elections laws, and said that he couldn’t remember if he visited Dotcom’s mansion to meet him.
“He took that strategy to a level of absurdity,” said Bryce Edwards, an Otago University political scientist, in an interview with the New Zealand Herald.
“People don’t understand the whole case but they pick up on things like the helicopter. People just think the whole thing stinks.”
The newspaper also reported that his poll numbers dropped to 10% ever since the political scandal, and last week wrote that the “Crown lawyers acting for the United States knew before seizing Kim Dotcom’s fortune and property that they were using an unlawful court order.”
Furthermore, on Monday New Zealand Herald – which has been filling inquires through the Official Information Act, reported that “police officers who raided the mansion of Internet magnate Kim Dotcom put together a list of belongings for United States authorities to seize.”
Last Friday, Prime Minister John Key denied that he had any knowledge of Dotcom “until the day before the raids even though his senior ministers, a string of senior civil servants, and his own electorate staff were involved in matters relating to him. It has emerged that staff in the Prime Minister’s own department were aware of Dotcom and his bid through the Overseas Investment Office to buy the mansion in which he lived with his family.”